Demonstrating its Continued Success and Growth, Idle Free Systems Announces Key Employee Promotion and New Hire
Madison, WI (March 4, 2014) Idle Free Systems, Inc., the industry’s most innovative anti-idling technology and manufacturing company for the commercial trucking industry, announced today the promotion of Jason Hufford from Central Region Sales Director to Vice President of Sales, and the hire of Kirk Koch as Manufacturing Engineer.
These personnel moves are yet another indication of the company’s rapid growth and success in the market with its auxiliary power unit.
“I’m pleased to announce the promotion of Jason to VP of sales,” stated Robert Hopton, CEO of Idle Free Systems. “Jason’s experience, leadership and dedication since joining Idle Free have been crucial factors in his success in establishing Idle Free as a clear leader in the electric APU market.”
Continued Hopton, “We are also excited to welcome Kirk to the Idle Free team. His proven ability to successfully support the production of a quality product makes him a laudable addition to Idle Free team as we continue to increase our production capacity. With Kirk’s talent and skill in manufacturing, we’ve further solidified our ability to deliver the best quality auxiliary power units on the market today for work truck and long haul truck fleets.”
Hufford started his Idle Free career in 2011 as Central Region Sales Director. He quickly became a respected and trusted member of the Idle Free. His consultative selling approach is perfectly aligned with our company values and has made him a genuine resource for our customers that are in need of an anti-idling solution that they can depend on to save them money. Hufford has the innate ability to quickly identify fleets’ needs, demonstrate Idle Free’s value pertinent to each fleet and develop a solution that enables a fleet to deliver greater profits and business performance across the organization.
Prior to Idle Free Systems, Hufford was in sales with Glacier Bay Technology and Bergstrom Climate Systems. He completed a Tech Engineering Program at Rock Valley College / Northern Illinois University.
As Idle Free’s new Manufacturing Engineer, Koch brings 25 years of experience in engineering and supervision across a variety of industries including automotive, construction, agriculture and health care. Prior to joining Idle Free Systems, he served as Weld Department Manager for Steel Craft Corporation, where he was responsible for supervising a two shift welding and fabrication operation. Koch has previously held positions as a Plant Manager, Department Supervisor and Manufacturing Engineer. He has significant experience in lean manufacturing and team building in a fast paced, high growth manufacturing environment.
In hiring Koch, Idle Free will take full advantage of his competencies and experience in manufacturing excellence as it continues to deliver superior quality products for its customers.
About Idle Free Systems
Idle Free Systems, Inc. (“Idle Free”) is a leading designer and manufacturer of electric idle elimination technology for all segments of the commercial trucking industry and school buses.
For over-the-road trucks, the Idle Free electric APU is The Complete Electric APU Solution™ that offers drivers and fleet operators a flexible, cost-effective alternative to discretionary idling without compromising performance, cost savings, driver comfort, or environmental safety. Unique to the Idle Free over-the-road APU is its ability to be powered three ways: an independent battery bank, Shorepower and Reefer Link™, Idle Free’s proprietary, patented technology run by the reefer. Idle Free is the only APU on the market that can be powered by the reefer.
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