3 Reasons to Choose Aluminum Over Steel for your next vehicle upfit solution

When picking a material for your vehicle’s storage units, there are typically two choices: aluminum or steel. For EZ STAK, though, it’s usually a no-brainer — aluminum wins, hands down. “This isn’t to say steel doesn’t have its perks (in fact, we sometimes use it),” says Paul Lawrenson, EZ STAK’s National Fleet Manager, “but we prefer aluminum over steel for three reasons: it doesn’t corrode, it’s lightweight and it’s durable.”

Reason 1: Aluminum Doesn’t Corrode

Aluminum’s biggest plus is that it doesn’t chip or rust, even after long, continual use or exposure to the elements. “And you don’t even need to treat or paint it to avoid that corrosion,” says Lawrenson. The reason: its surface is protected by a natural layer of aluminum oxide, which prevents the metal below from coming into contact with air and oxygen. With steel, however, you do need to paint it — especially if it’s being used in a moist, damp or abrasive environment — because it doesn’t have that protective layer.

Reason 2: Aluminum is Lighter than Steel

Another big advantage of using aluminum is that it’s up to 40 per cent lighter than steel. This is why aircraft are usually made from aluminum. It’s also why EZ STAK uses it: with lightweight aluminum drawers, cabinets, shelves and other storage products, your fuel costs are lower and your payload is lighter. “A lighter payload is especially important these days, because there’s a push for companies to go to smaller vehicles to fit in crowded urban centres,” says Lawrenson. “Plus, with lighter vehicles, special licenses aren’t needed for a company’s drivers.”

Reason 3: Aluminum is Durable

Just because aluminum is lighter than steel doesn’t mean it can’t take daily abuse. In fact, aluminum is more dent resistant and more resilient. When both are pushed to the same dimensional extremes, steel cracks before aluminum. “So when you combine aluminum’s durability and rust-resistant properties, it looks better than steel and lasts longer,” says Lawrenson. No wonder, then, our customers find EZ STAK’s aluminum storage units last, on average, 12-plus years.

Moral of the story: If you want a storage solution that last longer, reduces your costs and looks good, you better go with aluminum. Find one that works for you by checking out EZ STAK’s aluminum storage units.

 

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EZ STAK’s new Work-Ready Trailer demo brings something new to NTEA

(Schaumburg, IL) –The recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 15 – 17, drew big crowds – all wanting to see what was new and different in the industry. And EZ STAK’s work-ready mobile trailer delivered….

It was the first time EZ STAK showcased a fully-powered mobile trailer at an event like this, and it didn’t disappoint, according to the EZ STAK team on the ground and rave reviews from show attendees. Featuring a power generator, storage cabinets, shelving, lockers and a 6-foot-long counter, the work-ready trailer was built using only North American high-grade aluminum interiors. That means it’s lightweight, durable and ultra quiet in transit.

This was EZ STAK’s 4th year at the three-day show hosted by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), and once again it was a premiere showcase of the latest and greatest products and services for the fleet industry. The largest work truck event in North America,

drew over 500 exhibitors, with over (can we update these for actual facts/numbers?) 12,000 attendees who came to see the industry’s newest products, participate in industry-focused training courses, and network amongst suppliers and customers.

“Visitors to the booth were truly impressed with the trailer,” says Paul Lawrenson, EZ STAK’s Director of Business Development. “With the maximize storage capacity and a highly organized layout, it is an ideal workspace for mobile trades and services.”

The trailer wasn’t the only eye-catcher at the booth. EZ STAK revealed its new branding as well. In the works since late 2016, the new look includes a more refined and refreshed logo, brightened brand colours and a custom-designed workspace environment. The workspace was designed with a mix of modular components to showcase the range of storage system solutions EZ STAK offers its various fleet customers. Attendees raved about spotting the 15-foot high orange tower from afar, and the bright orange bar tools were a booth favourite.  “We knew our new branding had to deliver some punch in our new booth design. Our 15 foot tower served us well as a beacon to attract so many booth visitors – it led them right to our new trailer demo, which was truly unique and very popular” says Lisa Miller, Marketing Manager at EZ STAK LLC.

Alongside the trailer and that new workspace, the company also featured a service body drawer. EZ STAK designs their service body drawer units with adjustable sliding tops so that they can be installed on any service body. They can (is this an optional feature not standard?) also come with mounting feet to raise the unit if need be, and because they’re made with aluminum or galvanized steel and heavy-duty ball-bearing drawer slides, they are tough and durable enough to last  – on average, more than 12 years!  Organizing the parts and tools of any service fleet truck was never more EZ.

“We made great connections at the show, and we’ll return to NTEA in 2018,” says Lawrenson. “It’s a great opportunity to network and learn about upcoming trends and product development within the industry.”

Click to learn more about our Service Body Drawers and Work Ready Trailers

Pictures from NTEA

EZ STAK Delivers Mobile Workspace to ComEd Ahead of Hurricane Season

June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, and even though Illinois’ location means that a full-fledged hurricane rarely hits, its utility companies still have to be prepared for major outages. ComEd, the largest electric utility in Illinois, knows those storms well and knows it needs organized, dependable response vehicles that are always ready to roll.

The Problem                                                                                                                                                                                         ComEd needed EZ STAK to upfit a 28-foot-long logistics support trailer with power, heat and air, and a workspace with organized storage areas. And they needed it fast. A project like this typically takes a year to complete. This one had to be done in half the time to be ready for hurricane season. Plus, ComEd needed it to be built tough enough to withstand daily abuse.

The Solution                                                                                                                                                                                         From the beginning, EZ STAK kept in close contact with ComEd, making sure they knew precisely how ComEd would use the trailer. Once they had their answers, they created a custom, 3D model of the trailer. ComEd loved the design, especially the tough, lightweight aluminum cabinets. So, EZ STAK got to work, bringing in its most experienced technicians to deal with the complex electrical requirements and to make sure the trailer would be done on time.

The Result                                                                                                                                                                                               EZ STAK not only hit the deadline, they came in a week early, ensuring ComEd had plenty of time to have the trailer serviced and stocked by June 1st.

“It’s a really good example of what we can do,” says Paul Lawrenson, EZ STAK’s National Fleet Manager. “It displays flexibility, it displays listening to the customers, it displays working in a tight timeline and it displays familiarity with a heavy-use market. You have to build stuff strong enough to withstand that use, and we did that here.”

 

Let’s discuss how EZ it is to spec your next trailer upfit solution. Call Paul Lawrenson at 630.944.3300 or click to send an email.

Let’s Build a Trailer

 

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Photos of the ComEd Trailer

‘Tis the Season

It’s the festive season and we at EZ STAK would like to take a moment to extend our good wishes to you – our valued customers. It’s a busy time of year for everyone but it is our hope that the excitement of the holidays and the spirit of goodwill finds its way to you and yours.

With this in mind, our family-based business whole-heartedly decided to support causes that make a difference in our local communities this year. In recognition of our Canadian customers, we have chosen the University Hospitals Foundation Kingston, which supports and reinforces excellence in health care services to over 500,000 residents in the Kingston, ON. Funds raised support programs, research, education and purchase state-of-the-art equipment.   In particular, we will be supporting the efforts of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at Hotel Dieu Hospital where patients receive specialized care on the road to recovery and assistance in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Closer to our Schaumburg, IL roots in the United States, we will be contributing to the C.O.P.S. Foundation. The Concerns of Police Survivors remembers the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers who have given their life to protect our way of life. C.O.P.S. provides financial assistance to the families and offers hands-on programs to help spouses, children, siblings and co-workers rebuild shattered lives. Programs are free for survivors to attend and are held in a relaxed setting to help them on their journey of grief and coping.

It is our privilege to be able to contribute to these charities and reminds us that we are grateful for the efforts these – and other worthwhile organizations – provide throughout the year.

Once again, we wish you all things bright and merry this holiday season and extend best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and joyful new year.

Happy Holidays from the EZ STAK Team 

 

About University Hospitals Foundation Kingston 

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The University Hospitals Kingston Foundation was created in 2005 as the joint fundraising arm of Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care. On July 1st, 2014, UHKF amalgamated with the foundations at each of the hospitals, creating the new UHKF organization, responsible for fundraising, granting, distribution and reporting.

In May 2014, UHKF became one of the first 100 Canadian nonprofits and charities (and the sixth hospital foundation) to receive accreditation through the Imagine Canada Standards Program. This program is designed to demonstrate compliance with 73 industry standards in five key areas: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.

See how donations have had an impact for 2016

www.uhkf.ca

 

About C.O.P.S.

c-o-p-sC.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members.  Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 37,000 survivors.  Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.  C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors.  All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri.  C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.

www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org

SUV Storage Box from EZ STAK

Yet another successful EZ STAK project. We designed this SUV STORAGE BOX for Cox Enterprises. Manufactured with heavy gauge aluminum with door activated LED interior lights, ventilation holes on three sides, a laptop slide out tray and a cargo rail mounted to anti-slip top surface with an optional rear safety barrier.

The SUV STORAGE BOX provides a durable solution for contractors that want to secure and organize their tools and materials. The drawer fronts feature a strong formed top edge that acts as the handle with each drawer being supported with full extension heavy duty ball bearing drawer slides.

Product Specifications

  • Heavy gauge aluminum construction
  • Door activated LED interior lights
  • Ventilation holes on three sides
  • Laptop slideout tray
  • Master slave doors with locking T-handle
  • Cargo rail mounted to anti-slip top surface
  • Rear safety barrier
  • Rubber matting in drawers and shelf

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Correction Notice: Rubber Matting

EZ STAK LLC would like to issue a formal retraction on a recent distribution of the EZ STAK product guide. Limited copies of a recent revision indicated that rubber matting was included standard as part of our drawer offering. Although rubber matting is an optional add-on to a drawer order, it is not included by default.

EZ STAK wishes to apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused, and we look forward to serving you.

“Build Your Own” Program Launched

EZ STAK is thrilled to let you know that our 2012 “Build your Own” Interior Layout Module program for your vehicle is now launched to the market. After several years of development, we have launched the program and with client feedback, we will continue to make improvements.

Where EZ STAK separates ourselves from our competition is that we provide an aluminum system that is based off 72” high and up to 24” deep. Our systems are robust, functional, have good esthetics and a solid company backing it up.

Check out the Build Your Own page on this site for more information.

Build Your Own Commercial Vehicle Equipment System

EZ STAK has now uploaded the “Build your own Commercial Vehicle Equipment System” calculator for our clients to use. This enables our clients to be able to have their own system built into their own service body. We will also work with you on custom sizes if you require it but there is a custom fee applied. Please contact the sales team info@ezstak.ca or 1.613.530.3419 for more info.

Build Your Own Drawer

EZ STAK has made a brand new “Build your own Drawer Unit” calculator available for our clients to use. This enables our clients to develop custom built solutions for their service body vehicles. We will also work with you on custom sizes if you require it but there is a custom fee applied. Please contact the sales team at info@ezstak.ca or call 1.613.530.3419 for more info.