Dispatch from Alaska


If you attended MACS 2013 Training Event and Trade Show last year in Orlando, Florida, you may have attended a class on servicing hybrids taught by Tony Martin. At that time Tony was a college level automotive instructor in Juneau, Alaska.

Tony has checked in with us and let us know he has undergone a career change and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where he is now the new mobile equipment maintenance trainer for Kinross Gold Corporation at their Fort Knox mine site 26 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

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Tony is responsible for technical and safety training, and is responsible for Section 609 certification and HVAC training on the mine equipment, which includes everything from light-duty pickups to Hitachi shovels.

Tony reports, “We have a fleet of 40 mine haul trucks; the small ones have a 150-ton payload, the big ones are 240-ton.  Fort Knox is an open pit mine, and we run 42,000 tons of rock through our mill every day.  In the end, we pour 1400 ounces of gold each day, every day of the year.”

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“Fort Knox represents a huge professional development opportunity for me.  Getting back into private industry and learning a new product line is a big motivator.  This is a great wake-up call for me at this stage of my career, as I’m back on the steep edge of the learning curve again.

 I also have an opportunity to make a major difference in the operations here, which is very gratifying.  Overall, I would have to say it is the right thing at the right time.”

The Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s blog has been honored as the best business to business blog in the Automotive Aftermarket by the Automotive Communications Awards and the Car Care Council Women’s Board!

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, http://bit.ly/10zvMYg for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org . To locate a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Click here  to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 34th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Power Up  will take place January 16-18 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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