The Nation's Top Fleets

By Mike Anderson, Senior Editor | September 28, 2010
2008 Fleet Masters

Private Fleet: Kokosing Construction Co.

Fredericktown, Ohio

Public Fleet: Virginia Department of Transportation

Richmond, Va.

They call it a business. But the reality of trying to run a mixed fleet of on- and off-highway equipment in the most reliable and cost-effective fashion is a multitude of businesses rolled into one.

This is precisely why the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and Construction Equipment created the annual Fleet Masters Award to recognize top-notch fleet professionals for managing just the right elements to maximize their organizations. That the discussion such recognition generates may also help others manage more productive fleets is at the very core of all AEMP efforts to support the equipment industry's best and brightest managers.

The following pages profile the organizations and their strategies that piloted the 2008 public- and private-fleet winners to the top of the Fleet Masters competition, including the first-ever, two-time Fleet Masters winner. The awards were presented at AEMP's 26th Annual Management Conference and Annual Meeting, held March 9–10, 2008, on the eve of Conexpo-Con/Agg 2008 in Las Vegas.

Fleet Masters was created by Construction Equipment and AEMP to honor those fleets exemplifying best practices in human relations, vendor relations, asset management, maintenance management and technology. Applications can be found at The Fleet Masters Award program is sponsored by Castrol, Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Manitowoc, Qualcomm and Volvo Construction Equipment.

If you know of an organization that should be considered for the next Fleet Masters competition, please go to to find out how to submit a nomination. All equipment-managing organizations are welcome to enter the competition.