Friday, February 17, 2012

A.R.E. Improving Factory Lighting

In an effort to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, A.R.E. is currently upgrading the lighting fixtures used in our manufacturing facility in Massillon, Ohio. The lights being replaced were installed during the erection of the building in 1995.

Not only will the new lighting help our workers, it will also help the environment. "The new equipment will use about half the energy of the old lights, while putting out even better lighting," A.R.E. CEO and President Terry Seikel noted. He continued, "As our operations have moved or shifted around within the plant, the lights have stayed in place, so they aren't always ideally located. The new system will help eliminate this problem."

The current change in happening now and we expect it to be complete in early March.

Friday, January 20, 2012

How Do I Remove My Tonneau Cover?

A.R.E.'s Tonneau Cover offerings remain some of the best available on the market today. With three models, the LSII, LSX, and LSX Ultra, we can cater to our customer's needs. They provide a pleasing look since they are painted to match the truck and have the same style lines as the truck's hood. They provide safety, keeping goods locked up and out of sight. They also provide dry transportation.

However, we do know there is that occasion once or twice a year, where you need to take your tonneau cover off the truck to haul a couch, bookcase, or something that will not fit under the cover. While any A.R.E. Dealer would gladly remove and re-install the cover for you, it is sometimes easier to do it at home.

Because of this, we have created a 10 Minute video on how to properly remove and re-install your A.R.E. Tonneau Cover. If the time comes to take off the cover or put it back on, please take a few moments to watch the video and be sure you do it right!

Click this link and it will take you to our video:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ralph Gatti and Aden Miller Receive 2011 LTAA Hall of Fame Award

The 2011 SEMA Show was a huge success for A.R.E., and one of the more memorable moments of the event was when two longtime A.R.E. leaders were honored at the LTAA (Light Truck Accessory Alliance) Reception. Ralph Gatti and Aden Miller were both presented with the prestigious LTAA Hall of Fame Award. This award was established to recognize quality and service in the light truck accessory community.

A.R.E. was founded in 1969 by friends Sal Gatti (Ralph Gatti’s father) and Jonas Yoder, plus first employee Aden Miller, to manufacture high-quality aluminum frame truck caps that fit the needs of truck owners. As the company grew, Ralph Gatti joined Miller to focus on production, and in 1979 they designed their first joint product, the Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU). A.R.E. continues to produce the DCU, which has become one of the most popular commercial caps on the market today. In 1982, Ralph and Aden introduced the first fiberglass truck cap into A.R.E.’s product line-up.

As instrumental leaders in creating new product components at A.R.E., both have been recognized for their industry-changing product designs. Aden has received the Ron Webster Award for Innovation and Design Excellence and the Chrysler/SEMA Award for Innovation/Engineering Excellence. Ralph’s focus on innovation and his customer-centered approach grew the business from a small regional cap manufacturer to an industry leader.

Aden retired as Vice President of Design and Engineering at A.R.E. in 2006. Ralph currently serves on the board for A.R.E. As positive mentors to friends and industry colleagues, both Miller and Gatti have spent much of their time over the past few years volunteering for natural disaster efforts and leading missions overseas.

“Our company continues to grow and succeed as a leading truck accessories business as a result of the core values that these gentlemen put in place during the first formative years of A.R.E.,” said Terry Seikel, A.R.E. president & CEO. “We are very proud of Aden and Ralph for receiving this award, and for joining our co-founder Sal Gatti in the LTAA Hall of Fame.”

(L to R) Ralph Gatti and Aden Miller, who both received the LTAA Hall of Fame Award at the 2011 SEMA Show, surround A.R.E. co-founder and fellow LTAA Hall of Fame member Sal Gatti.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meet A.R.E.'s Summer Intern Kristen

A.R.E. recently hired two summer interns to travel the Midwest to visit A.R.E. Dealers and Truck Dealers. We recently did a quick Q&A with one of the interns, Kristen, to get to know her and to see how things were going.

Q: What College do you attend?
A: Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio

Q: What degree are you pursuing?
A: I started in Early Childhood Education, but am thinking about switching to Business.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I enjoy playing basketball, shopping, spending time with my family, going to the beach, and reading.

Q: Why did you pursure this internship?
A: It sounds like a great opportunity, plus it sounded like fun!

Q: How is it going so far?
A: It is going great so far. It’s been fun to travel and see cities I haven’t before. Working with my best friend definitely makes it fun; there’s never a dull moment. It’s been a great experience thus far. I love working with and meeting new people. We’re having success with promoting A.R.E and the local dealers. Almost all the truck dealers we work with are very willing to take all of our P.O.P items (catalogs, table top tents, static stickers, A.R.E sign) and overall everyone seems very pleased with A.R.E and the local dealers.

Q: What have you learned?
A: I think we’ve both had our eyes opened to many different types of people, especially coming from a small town like Sugarcreek, Ohio. We’ve had mostly pleasant visits with truck dealership but of course we’ve had our fair share of rude people. I’ve learned to be respectful no matter what and to not take things so personal. With all the driving we do I’m sure both of our driving skills have improved. I’ve also learned to not try to outsmart the GPS because it’s usually right and I’m usually wrong!!

Q: Any interesting stories from the road?
A: In Indianapolis something went wrong with our truck but luckily we were at a Chevy dealership where they could fix it. They had to keep the truck overnight and give us a ride back to the hotel. We happened to be in downtown Indy, right across from Circle Center Mall. We went to a movie and shopped the rest of that day, so it worked out just fine. Haha.

Q: Would you do this again?
A: YES!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Long Time A.R.E. Employee Fulfills Dream

Bob Cline’s first day with A.R.E. was March 28, 1994. His first assignment was installing the base trim on caps and covers in Final Assembly on afternoon shift. He spent the next seventeen years working in Final Assembly, Paint, Returns, Purchasing, Mold Design, Production, and Service Parts.

In 2000, he took advantage of the Tuition Reimbursement Program at A.R.E. and went back to school to work toward a business degree. Over time, he began to realize what he really wanted to do was become a fireman. He started asking questions, started volunteering at the local station and quickly realized that he was passionate about this goal. He started firefighter/paramedic schooling in 2003. He was 32 at the time. Bob is 40 now and finally landed his dream job as a fireman.

In a recent company newsletter, Bob said, “There is a lot I will miss, primarily the people; co-workers, dealers, and suppliers. There are many dealers who have been with A.R.E. much longer than I have. I've developed relationships with many of you and will miss working with you. Thank you for your business and the role you've played in making A.R.E. the leading cap and cover manufacturer in North America.”

Everyone at A.R.E. wishes Bob the best of luck. Congratulations on achieving your goal – and for your willingness to risk your well being to protect others!

Friday, June 17, 2011

5 Questions with Kelly Fromm

We recently interviewed Kelly Fromm, founder of “Dedicated to All Who Served” and builder of the 2010 GMC Sierra “Fallen Warrior” project vehicle. Here are some of the highlights:

1. What is the mission of your organization?

A moving memorial has been created in the form of our “Veteran1” 2010 Camaro, and our “Fallen Warrior” 2010 GMC Sierra. It is our mission to honor those soldiers, give back to their families and create awareness of those who sacrificed themselves to defend our freedom as Americans.

2. Why did you decide to build a project truck?

The truck came about to complement the “Veteran1” Camaro at the various shows/events I attend. I chose to outfit the truck with an A.R.E. CX Series because of their reputation in the industry for quality, along with the fact that they are the only manufacturer to offer a full fiberglass walk in door upgrade. Recently, I decided to convert both from a show truck and show car, to drag racing vehicles.

3. How has the response been on the truck at the various events it has participated in?

I’ll let the awards speak for themselves:

- “BEST IN SHOW” and “FASTEST TRUCK” at Wounded Warrior Fundraiser at Fort Bragg, NC (March 26, 2011)
- "BEST IN CLASS" at the SuperChevy Show at the Palm Beach International Raceway (April 10, 2011).
- “BEST IN CLASS” at the All Star Nationals , Atlanta Dragway (April 16, 2011)

4. How has this truck benefited the Veterans?

At the various events attended, I have raised over 80,000 dollars and counting to support the following charities:

- Active Dogs Academy Service Dog Foundation Inc (Provides service dogs to disabled veterans)
- Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home (St. Augustine, Fl)
- Wounded Warrior Project (Dedicated to honoring and empowering wounded veterans)

5. What are your plans for the truck in the future?

Continue to raise funds for veterans by attending both national and local shows/events, including SEMA 2011. Visit for regular updates on the project.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A.R.E.'s Recent Production Shutdown

Last week, we at A.R.E. were forced to shut down production for several days due to a breakdown of our Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer System (RTO). Within hours of the system shutdown, we had the replacement parts and technicians flown into Ohio to begin repairs. Once the RTO system was back up and running we started production and worked through the weekend to get back up to speed.

Our RTO system (seen below) helps A.R.E. be environmentally friendly. Our production process, which includes fiberglass and paint booths, has the potential to release harmful air emissions. However our RTO system burns these emissions at a 97% rate and gives us the ability to run production 24/7 with no constrictions. A.R.E. was the first truck cap manufacturer to use an emissions cleaning system when we opened our Massillon, Ohio plant in 1995, and we set an EPA benchmark for the fiberglass industry.

We sincerely apologize for any delays or problems our recent shutdown caused, but we continue to stand behind our efforts of being the industry leader in protecting our environment. Now that the system has been repaired, we are taking full advantage of our abilities to run production non-stop and we will be caught up soon.

Thank you for your business and for your patience during this time.

** To see a computer animation of how RTO Systems operate, visit