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AEMP Honors the 2017 Fleet Master of the Year for Medium Fleets - Dakota County

Monday, March 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
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March 6, 2017 - The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), the premier industry association for heavy equipment and vehicle fleet management professionals, is pleased to announce this year's Fleet Masters of the Year Awards. 

Each year, AEMP and Construction Equipment Magazine present the Fleet Masters of the Year Honor to outstanding equipment professionals who excel in meeting the unique challenges inherent in cost-effective, efficient and effective management of mixed fleets. Fleet Masters categories are based on the fleet's estimated replacement value (ERV): Small Fleets: Less than $10 million ERV; Medium Fleets: $10 – $100 million ERV; Large Fleets : More than $100 million ERV.

During the 35th Management Conference & Annual Meeting of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals held in Las Vegas, Dakota County Fleet Management was honored as the 2017 Fleet Master Award for Medium Fleets.

Dakota County Fleet Management, located near Minneapolis, Minnesota, maintains 690 units owned by the county and provides fleet management services for over 400 units belonging to other agencies. Vehicles range in scope from on-road trucks to construction equipment to watercraft.

Ten years ago, Dakota County combined all fleet-related budgets and operations from 16 departments, creating a single department responsible for administering the fleet operation database. This allows Dakota County to calculate the total lifecycle costs of each vehicle with a much greater degree of accuracy because it combines standard daily operating costs such as fuel and repairs with annual costs such as insurance, license fees, and depreciation.   

Dakota County began implementing telematics data collection in 2005 from 25 snowplow trucks and has since expanded its telematics usage to over 260 fleet units. Data from these units allows Dakota County to build customized reports on equipment use, operator behavior, maintenance and repair scheduling and cost per mile/hour for individual vehicles. By tracking its data over the last decade, Dakota County has achieved a 34 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, realized a capital savings over three million dollars, an operational savings of more than $300,000, and achieved NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation in 2016.

Dakota County Fleet Management is meeting the challenge of hiring a large number of new employees by expanding their in-house mentoring program and streamlining their hiring process. Dakota County's updated training and promotion procedures were rewarded with additional funding to provide ongoing training for workers to earn credentials with ASE, master automotive, heavy truck, emergency vehicle technician certification, and AEMP’s Certified Equipment Manager designation.

Dakota County Fleet Management demonstrates best practices in equipment fleet management through proactive efforts to control costs and build public trust based upon accurate and timely data collection, fuel conservation, training, and accountability. 

AEMP and Construction Equipment Magazine are proud to present Dakota County Fleet Management with the 2017 Fleet Masters Award for Medium Size Fleets.

About AEMP:

Formed in 1982, AEMP advances heavy duty on- and off-road equipment management as a career. AEMP is only professional organization for the heavy equipment industry's fleet professionals who work in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining - any industry that requires the effective deployment of heavy equipment. AEMP University's educational and career development programs provide opportunities to earn a Certified Equipment Manager Certification, an Equipment Manager Specialist (EMS) Certificate, or a Certified Equipment Support Professional (CESP) Certificate. For additional information on AEMP, visit


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