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3/28/2016 - The City of Gresham, OR engages Mercury to conduct a space needs assessment for their fleet operations, and conduct a best practices overview of their fleet program. Gresham is the 4th largest city in Oregon, population of 110,000, and is located near Portland.

3/10/2016 - Mercury Associates’ President, Paul Lauria is featured in Fleet Management Weekly video series. Paul discusses how many organizations are still in the early adoption phase of telematics and how it is important to understand the information and data generated through a telematics program. Watch the video here:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ06Bx9ZSr4

01/25/2016 – Prince William County, VA selects Mercury to assist in the selection, procurement, and implementation of an enterprise fleet management information system to support its diverse fleet of 2,000 assets. Mercury provides services to select and implement fleet, fuel, and telematics systems for organizations of all sizes.

12/29/2015 – Decisiv Inc. will feature Mercury Senior Associate Steve Saltzgiver as a speaker in their upcoming webinar VMRS: The Numbers that Drive Profitability and Uptime. Steve will present on the benefits and how to be use Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards (VMRS), the official coding language for all Fleet Management Information Systems to maximize shop repair management effectiveness, driving uptime.

11/4/2015 – The Village of Mount Prospect, IL retains Mercury to perform optimal replacement cycle analyses for three key types of vehicles in the Village’s fleet.

11/1/2015 – International Transportation Services, Inc. retains Mercury to conduct a two-day fleet management best practices seminar for employees of its terminal operation at the Port of Long Beach, CA. Mercury has conducted fleet management seminars in the last year in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

10/20/2015 – Two California law firms retain Mercury Associates president Paul Lauria to serve as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit. The case involves determining the costs that drivers incurred in making deliveries from hundreds of stores in several different geographic areas of the state using their personally owned vehicles (POVs) and comparing these costs with the amounts the drivers actually were reimbursed over a multi-year period. Lauria has served as an expert witness in more than a dozen lawsuits and arbitrations involving claims of under reimbursement for the business use of POVs.

10/15/2015 – Loudoun County,VA engages Mercury Associates to perform a fleet maintenance outsourcing feasibility study. This study, performed under a task order issued pursuant to Mercury’s multi-year fleet management consulting services contract with the County, will explore the benefits and costs of the Department of General Services changing service providers for the majority of the County’s general purpose and public safety vehicles and equipment. These assets currently are maintained by Loudoun County Public Schools under an arrangement that has been in place for several decades.

10/5/2015 – Fordham University engages Mercury to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the management and operation of its vehicle and equipment fleet. The University operates campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan in New York City and in Westchester County, NY. Mercury has evaluated fleet management practices for more than 40 Universities and Colleges throughout North America.

9/30/2015- The Department of Justice, US Trustee Program (USTP) has enlisted Mercury’s support to provide Subject Matter Expertise to support development and implementation of property functions in compliance with Federal regulatory requirements. As part of this effort Mercury will also assist USTP in development of a personal property management handbook; create and deliver training materials on new business processes in order to facilitate organization change.

9/29/2015- Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) has engaged Mercury to provide fleet management consulting services. CSU is a municipally owned, four-service utility organization that serves more than 400,000 citizen owners with a fleet of nearly 2,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

9/18/2015 - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture has selected Mercury to optimize NRCS’ fleet replacement strategy. The scope of this project includes calculating optimal replacement cycles, draft the new NRCS vehicle Replacement Policy, and studying the benefits of alternative financing approaches.

9/17/2015 - The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Mercury to conduct a Vehicle Allocation Methodology study to determine the appropriate size and composition of the fleet. Mercury will determine the optimal fleet inventory, assist DOE in complying with Federal reporting requirements, and update DOE’s Fleet Management Plan.


9/15/2015 - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Finance and Administration selects Mercury to develop a new fleet cost charge-back rate model and rates. The Operational Services Division manages 2,700 light-duty vehicles for executive branch agencies employing an array of charge-back rates to recover the costs of various types of vehicle leasing and management services it provides these agencies. Massachusetts is the fifteenth state to engage Mercury to provide fleet management consulting services in the last decade.

9/8/2015 - The City of Fresno, CA's Fire Department has selected Mercury to conduct an evaluation of the department's fleet maintenance and repair practices,to determine space requirements for a new fleet maintenance facility. The comprehensive review of fleet operations will assess major maintenance and repair activities, preventive maintenance practices, parts inventory procurement and management, fleet funding, apparatus replacement planning, and a review of services provided by outside vendors. Mercury will also perform a space needs analysis and programming for a new fleet maintenance facility for the Fire Department which serves over 500,000 residents with 24 fire stations and a fleet of nearly 200 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

9/1/2015 - Jefferson Parish, Louisiana selects Mercury to conduct a comprehensive fleet management best practices and fleet rightsizing study. The metro New Orleans-area jurisdiction operates a fleet of 1,750 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

8/24/2015 - Mercury Associates’ Senior Manager, Tony Yankovich is featured in Automotive Digest’s Fleet Management Weekly video series. Tony discusses the increasing popularity of Mercury’s Fleet Maintenance Program and Planning Unit in helping clients identify, strategize and plan for maintenance facilities. Watch the video here:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zQ2xOqAfeg

8/24/2015 - Mercury Associates’ Chief Operating Officer, Kathe Carter is featured in Automotive Digest’s Fleet Management Weekly video series. Discussing how fleet now falls in many different areas in different organizations, Kathe says, “The Fleet Manager has a tough job always, and that is teaching the person they report to about the true cost of fleet and what is important to manage them. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BScid--Yr6I

7/31/2015 - The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) of the United States Department of Defense has selected Mercury to conduct a Vehicle Allocation Methodology study to determine the appropriate size and composition of the fleet. Mercury will determine the optimal fleet inventory, assist DLA in complying with Federal reporting requirements, and update DLA’s Fleet Management Plan.

7/20/2015 - The City of Prince George, British Columbia’s city council reported on the findings of recommendations made in a study by Mercury. The latest staff report from the Public Works department noted an, “increase in public approval and a reduction in complaints with respect to snow removal and ice control.” The city implemented 26 of Mercury’s recommendations including establishing timelines, a pre-season “Think Snow” seminar and updated communication plans. The report concluded, “"As a result of the Mercury report and the associated focus on snow and ice control operations, staff is keenly aware of the service expectations and we are confident that city staff is more than capable of restoring the former service excellence the community has come to expect."

7/2/2015 – The National Truck Equipment Association re-signs Mercury to conduct fleet management education programs at the 2016 Work Truck Show. Following on the heels of this year’s well-attended sessions, Mercury will conduct a Fleet Management 101 pre-Show seminar in March 2016 along with two sessions on managing in-house fleet maintenance and repair programs. Mercury consultants Keith Grant and Scott Conlon, both former professional fleet managers and ASE-certified master mechanics, will join Mercury’s president Paul Lauria as instructors.

6/17/2015 - Howard County, Maryland awards Mercury a four-year task order agreement to provide fleet management consulting services for its 2,000-unit fleet. The first task orders issued under this agreement are for the determination of optimal replacement cycles for 10 key types of assets in the fleet, the conduct of a fleet rightsizing study, and the development of a fleet modernization plan, business case analysis, and financing strategy.

6/1/2015 UNI Strategic retains Mercury’s president, Paul Lauria, to conduct three overseas fleet management seminars in 2015: two three-day seminars in Dubai and one two-day seminar in Singapore. Lauria also will conduct a two-day fleet management workshop in Bucharest, Romania this year in partnership with Pythia International. He has conducted fleet management best practices presentations and/or workshops in 19 countries around the world.

>5/1/2015 – The Sacramento County, California Department of General Services retains Mercury to conduct an assessment of the configuration, deployment, and use of the Fleet Services Division’s fleet management information system, FleetFocus M5™. FSD manages a countywide fleet of approximately 3,200 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The scope of this project also includes determining the suitability of deploying this system to manage the 400-unit fleet of the Sacramento County Airport System.

>4/20/2015 – Loudoun County, Virginia retains Mercury under its multi-year task order agreement to conduct a CNG fleet fuel feasibility study at the request of the County’s Board of Supervisors. The scope of the assessment includes all non public safety vehicles and the commuter bus fleet of this suburban Washington, DC jurisdiction.

>4/15/2015 – The City of Richmond, Virginia engages Mercury to conduct a fleet replacement study for its 2,000-unit fleet. The scope of the study includes determining optimal replacement cycles for selected types of vehicles, developing a fleet modernization and ongoing replacement plan, and identifying and comparing the economic and fiscal impacts of alternative methods of financing this plan, including outright purchase, lease purchasing, and establishment of a replacement reserve fund and charge-back system.

>4/1/2015 – The Philadelphia metro area jurisdiction Chester County, Pennsylvania selects Mercury to conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of its fleet management and operating practices.

3/1/2015 - Mercury is selected by Quanta Services to assist in the design and implementation of an enterprise business intelligence solution to aggregate GPS data from its 40,000 unit heavy construction fleet. Quanta Services provides natural gas and electric distribution and transmission infrastructure construction services throughout North America.

3/2015 – British Columbia Hydro retains Mercury to conduct an assessment of its heavy equipment selection and sourcing practices and an assessment of its third-party fleet maintenance management services contract. BCH serves almost 2 million customers, including most of the population of the metropolitan area of Vancouver.

2/9/2015 - The Brink’s Company has engaged Mercury to recruit a Vice President of its North American Strategic Fleet Operations. The selected fleet management professional will be responsible for developing, implementing, and directing a comprehensive fleet management and regulatory compliance program for Brink’s. The position is based in Dallas, Texas and will report to the Chief Procurement Officer.

2/9/2015 - Johnson & Johnson, Inc. has appointed Mercury to assist the company’s Global Fleet Procurement team with development and assessment of requests for proposals for fleet management goods and services in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

2/5/2015 - Mercury is engaged by the City of Baltimore, Maryland to develop a fleet maintenance facility master plan for the Fleet Management Division’s satellite maintenance shops. This master plan will serve as the foundation for upgrading, consolidating, and otherwise optimizing the fleet maintenance infrastructure to ensure that in-house fleet maintenance and repair activities are conducted safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally sustainable manner. The master plan will provide a 20-year vision that describes the relationship between the City’s maintenance and repair activities and its facilities needs.

1/30/2015 - Lancaster Foods, a subsidiary of hospitality and food services giant Guest Services, Inc. and one of the largest wholesale produce processing and distribution companies in the mid-Atlantic region, selects Mercury to assist it in developing and implementing strategies for improving its transportation and fleet management practices.

1/30/2015 – The Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois selects Mercury to conduct an alternative fuel vehicle feasibility study aimed at determining the benefits and costs of improving the sustainability of its 200-unit fleet.

1/27/2015 - A prominent medical transportation services provider retains Mercury to assist it in evaluating opportunities to provide fleet management services to hospitals to which it currently provides medical transportation services.

1/15/2015 - A major North American city's Services Division retains Mercury to conduct an audit of fleet maintenance and repair-related procurement and expenditure control practices. The organization being audited is responsible for the maintenance and repair of approximately half of the City fleet of 10,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

12/30/2014 - Loudoun County, Virginia Transit engages Mercury to develop a replacement plan for its 70-vehicle commuter bus fleet and to determine the appropriate balance for its fleet replacement reserve fund. LCT provides commuter bus transportation services between Washington, DC and the District’s northwestern Virginia suburbs.

11/15/2014 – The U.S. Marine Corps issues new work to Mercury as a subcontractor to Stanley Associates to develop and provide training for use of their fleet management information system, AssetWorks' FleetFocus FA.The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four branches in the U.S. Department of Defense and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

11/14/2014 – The State of Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) selects Mercury to perform a study of key facets of the management of its vehicle and equipment fleet. The major components of the project are an assessment of the feasibility of insourcing the maintenance and repair of the fleet; the development of a long-term fleet replacement plan and evaluation of alternative capital financing approaches; and an evaluation of RIDOT’s mileage reimbursement practices.

11/10/2014 - Republic Services has engaged Mercury to provide fleet management training for its garage shop managers. The company operates a fleet of more than 16,000 vehicles in the United States. Founded in 1998, Republic Services operates in 39 states and has over 190 active landfills and 75 recycling centers. The company employs 30,000 people and earned $8.2 billion revenue in 2011.

11/7/2014 - Sarasota County, Florida retains Mercury to evaluate fleet replacement practices for its fleet of 1,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The project includes updating the long-range fleet replacement study developed for the County several years ago, reviewing current replacement cycles and recommending adjustments based on our work with other similar organizations, and evaluating fund balance requirements for their fleet replacement reserve fund.

11/7/2014 – Mercury is selected by the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota to assess the cost and performance of fleet management services. The project also includes assistance in procuring and implementing a new fleet monument information system.

11/7/2014 – Orange County, California Fleet Services (OCFS), a division of OC Public Works, retains Mercury to review and recommend improvements to its fleet cost charge-back rate structure and rates, and to assist it in developing and implementing a plan to centralize the management of all components of the 3,000-unit County-wide fleet in OCFS.

11/4/2014 - Intel Americas selects Mercury to conduct an assessment of its written fleet policies and procedures documents and to assist the company with identifying gaps, best practices variances in order to update the policy document. Intel operates a fleet of over 600 vehicles in the U.S.Intel is the leading developer and manufacturer of computer microprocessors and ranked in the top 100 most valuable brands in the world.

11/3/2014 – The City of Sacramento, California Fleet Management Division engages Mercury to perform of fleet replacement study for the Sacramento Fire Department. The scope of the project includes determining optimal replacement cycles for all key types of fire and EMS vehicles in the fleet, developing a multi-year fleet replacement plan, and evaluating alternative capital financing approaches. SFD is the latest in a list of large and small fire/EMS departments for whom Mercury has performed fleet management consulting assignments recently. Others include fire departments in Bellingham, WA; the District of Columbia; Kent, WA; Melbourne, Vic (Australia); Olympia, WA; Orange County, FL; San Antonio, TX; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC; and York Region, ON.

10/30/2014 – The City of North Bay, Ontario extends its contract with mercury to include additional services related to developing comprehensive fleet related policies and assistance procuring a new fleet management information system. The City is a blend of rural and urban areas situated approximately three hours north of Toronto, Ontario. With a population of 54,000, it has a diverse business community and opportunities for growth.

10/23/2014 – Metro Vancouver, British Columbia engages Mercury to write new policies for managing fleet size, composition, and take-home assignments. Metro Vancouver is the Region (i.e. county) covering the metropolitan area around Vancouver British Columbia, which is the 19th most populous metro area in North America.

10/10/2014 – Loudoun County, Virginia Public Schools retains Mercury to assist it in developing an RFP for bulk fuel purchase and fuel site maintenance services. Loudoun County Public Schools provide comprehensive education from kindergarten through Grade 12. The schools also offer special education (disabled), gifted/talented education, vocational and adult education, English as a second language (ESL), a preschool for at-risk 4-year-olds, Head Start, and a high school program in applications of technology.

10/7/2014 – Mercury is engaged by the City of Tacoma, Washington to develop an optimized fleet replacement program. The scope of this project includes calculating optimal replacement cycles, developing a long-range capital plan, and studying the benefits of alternative financing approaches.

10/3/2014 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issues new task orders to Mercury as a subcontractor to Deloitte to continue fleet management support for performance of the 2014 VAM, optimize vehicle replacement cycles, provide a Federal lease vs. buy tool, and provide fleet management training.

9/23/2014 - The City of Toronto Ontario's Fleet Services Division expands the scope of its contract with Mercury to assist it in developing a five-year business plan. The Fleet Services Division directly manages 5,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment in Canada’s largest City and provides oversight of an additional 5,000 units in the EMS, Fire and Police departments and the Toronto Transit Commission."

9/2/2014 - The City of Long Beach, California Fleet Services Bureau engages Mercury to develop new replacement rates for the 1,700 vehicles and pieces of equipment in in the FSB-managed fleet replacement program. The scope of the study includes performing optimal replacement cycle analyses for six key types of vehicles in the City's fleet, determining the appropriateness of the current reserve fund balance in the City's Fleet Services Fund, and furnishing and implementing Mercury's CARCAP™ fleet replacement planning and rate development software.

9/1/2014 - Evensys, a Romanian event planning firm invites, Mercury’s President Paul Lauria to serve as a keynote speaker at the second annual Romanian Fleet Management Conference in Bucharest, marking the fifth international fleet management event to which Mercury has provided speaker/trainers in 2014. Mercury already has conducted fleet management seminars of one to three days’ duration in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates this year, in addition to working on a major fleet management consulting assignment in Australia.

9/1/2014 - Mercury is engaged by the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is extended to include an assessment of fleet rightsizing opportunities and development of a long-range fleet replacement plan. The region is located in southern Ontario and consists of three urban municipalities, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, and four rural townships, North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

8/6/2014 - Loudoun County, Virginia Government and Loudoun County Public Schools award Mercury a multi-year task order agreement to provide transportation and fleet management consulting services to both entities, which operate a combined fleet of 2,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The first task order issued under the agreement is for the development of a replacement plan and rates for FY 2016 for the LCG fleet.

8/5/2014 - The U.S. Department of State selects Mercury under a subcontractor to Runzheimer International to perform a Vehicle Allocation Methodology and Optimal Replacement Cycle Analysis for the Department worldwide fleet. Since 2006, Mercury has worked with the State Department to improve its fleet of approximately 12,000 vehicle and equipment.

8/29/2014 - The City of Topeka, Kansas engages Mercury to review its fleet replacement practices for its fleet of over 1,100 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The study will include a review of equipment replacement cycles, annual funding requirements, and financing approaches. Topeka is the capital and 5th largest city in the State of Kansas and boasts a population of nearly 130,000 people located in its 62 square mile territory.

8/25/2014 - The City of Redlands, California selects Mercury to conduct an assessment of fuel management processes. This project will include benchmarking costs, analyzing operational procedures, and assessing technology solutions used by the City to record and invoice fuel transactions. The City is located in San Bernardino County and home to 70,000 Californians.

8/22/2014 - The U.S. Marine Corps taps Mercury under a subcontractor to Stanley Associates to develop a Table of Equipment for the non-tactical fleet of over 9,000 vehicles. The project includes the development of an application to allow the USMC to adjust the number and types of vehicles assigned to various USMC units stationed at bases throughout the world. Mercury has served the USMC since 2004 to improve its fleet management.

8/14/2014 - Kent, Washington Fire Department Regional Authority hires Mercury to perform a comprehensive review of their fleet operation. The project includes an operational assessment of fleet maintenance and replacement practices, a fit-gap analysis of their current management information system, and a fleet maintenance facility space needs assessment.

8/11/2014 - Mercury is hired by the Santa Clara County, California Parks Department to optimize the size of its fleet and equipment lifecycles. The project includes a fleet replacement and deployment plan that results in the most fuel efficient and cleanest burning vehicles available, as well as determining the optimal size and composition of the fleet. Santa Clara County home to nearly 1.8 million Californians and includes the City of San Jose, the tenth most populous U.S. city.

8/1/2014 - Mercury is selected to develop the annual fleet replacement plan for the Town of Waterford, Connecticut. Since 2003, Mercury has provided this service to the Township for its fleet of 200 vehicles. The Township is among several public and private organizations use Mercury's replacement modeling services annually.

8/1/2014 - Los Angeles County, California selects Mercury to develop optimal replacement cycles for general government light-duty vehicles. This project also includes forecasting fleet replacement funding requirements for the next five fiscal years. Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States with a population of nearly 10 million located within its 4,000+ square miles.

8/1/2014 - BC Hydro, a Canadian electric utility in the province of British Columbia and provincial Crown Corporation, has selected Mercury in partnership with PWC to assess and optimize, and document its business process. This is an expansion of professional services being provided by Mercury and PWC to assist BCH with optimizing its fleet operation.

7/29/2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service contracts with Mercury too develop and conduct a Vehicle Allocation Methodology intended to right size its fleet of approximately 9,000 vehicles. The work also includes writing a Fleet Management Plan, develop a Lease vs Buy Tool, and provide fleet management Subject Matter Expertise.

7/28/2014 - A global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets retains Mercury to assist the company with financial analysis of it request for proposals of fleet leasing and outsourced management services.

7/28/2014 - The State of Oregon Department of Administrative Services hires Mercury to conduct an evaluation of selected fleet management and maintenance practices for the State's light duty fleet operation. The project also include a comparison of operational practices and performance to other similar state fleet agencies. DAS manages and operates approximately 3,600 vehicles.

7/21/2014 - Gulf Stream Marine, a large, privately held stevedoring company, selects Mercury to implement and host a web-based fleet information system, Chevin's FleetWave. GSM operates a fleet of nearly 700 vehicles, material handling equipment and cranes located at major ports along the Gulf of Mexico. Mercury has also provided GSM with onsite, consultants to assist with fleet replacement, and development of policies and procedures.

7/15/2014 - Bonneville Power Administration, a U.S. federal agency under the Department of Energy, chooses Mercury to develop a petroleum reduction plan and strategies for increasing the use of alternative fuels. The Agency is one of four federal agencies responsible for marketing power generated by federally-owned hydroelectric facilities.

7/14/2014 - ATB Financial, the largest Alberta-based financial institution, engaged Mercury to conduct a study of transportation costs, including, fleet, reimbursement, and alternative transpiration methods. The company employs more than 5,000 people, who serve a client base of over 676,000 customers at 170 branches. Its fleet consists of about 40 vehicles and over 180 employees receiving allowances or other forms of business mileage reimbursement.

7/14/2014 - Orange Grove Fleet Solutions of Richmond, Virginia selected Mercury to assist with business development for its newly created fleet management firm. Orange Grove is a fleet leasing company that delivers a complete solution for fleet operators, providing not only the right vehicles for the job, but also the management expertise and on-the-ground execution needed to run these assets efficiently.

6/23/2014 - Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson and Garber, LLP located in White Plains, New York retains Mercury to serve as an expert witness in arbitrations between several current and former delivery drivers and Pizza Hut, Inc. The drivers claim that they were undercompensated for the costs of the use of their personal vehicles in making deliveries, as a result of which they were paid less than the minimum wage under State of Florida law. The focus of Mercury's expert testimony is on the reasonableness of the methodology Pizza Hut used to develop and apply its driver reimbursement rates.

6/20/2014 - The U.S. Department of Transportation engages Mercury under a subcontractor to Net Digital Solutions to update the agency's fleet management handbook. The US DOT is a federal Cabinet department over 12 agencies employing 55,000 personnel responsible for managing infrastructure, policies and regulations, and enforcement of all modes of transportation in the country.

6/1/2014 - Mercury is selected by York Region EMS, Ontario, Canada to conduct a lifecycle analysis for its fleet of 100 emergency services vehicles. This project included an assessment of opportunities to right-size the fleet, development of optimal replacement cycle recommendations, and creation of a long-range fleet replacement plan.

5/23/2014 - The City of Prince George, British Columbia engages Mercury to conduct a review of its fleet management and snow and ice control practices. The scope of the study includes evaluating all aspects of the management of the fleet, determining the optimal replacement cycles for key types of snow equipment, developing a multi-year replacement plan for the fleet, and reviewing the City's snow cleaning and ice control policies, procedures, and practices.

4/30/2014 - The City of Olympia, Washington Fire Department retains Mercury to evaluate the management of its vehicle and equipment fleet. The scope of the review also includes the maintenance and repair of the Lacey Fire District 3 fleet, which OFD services under an interagency agreement. The City's Fire Department protects a dense population of over 46,000 residents within its nearly 20 square miles.

4/23/2014 - Mercury is selected by the City of Duluth Minnesota to conduct as assessment of its fleet management operations. This project includes an evaluation of the City's fleet related practices as well as development of fleet replacement recommendations. Mercury is also conducting a detailed assessment of opportunities to right-size the City’s fleet."

4/22/2014 - Zelle Hofman Voelbel and Mason, LLP located in Waltham, Massachusetts retains Mercury to serve as an expert witness on behalf of Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. in a dispute with one of its customers in Massachusetts over the causes of performance problems with a ladder truck the customer purchased. The customer asserted that the truck was flawed in its design and construction. Ferrara contended that the truck was improperly maintained by the owner. In rendering his expert opinion, Mercury performed a complete physical inspection of the truck and of the owner's fire apparatus maintenance and repair processes, in general, and the service records for the specific apparatus at the center of the dispute.

4/15/2014 - Suncor Energy engages Mercury to assess the feasibility of implementing a commercial-off-the-shelf fleet management information system to enhance the company’s ability to manage its fleet of mining haul trucks.

4/14/2014 - Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has selected Mercury to assist the company with development, evaluation, and negotiation of a fleet vehicle acquisition and services request for proposals. Air Products serves energy, electronics, chemicals, steel, and manufacturing companies with a portfolio of products and services, including atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services. Air Products operates a North American fleet of 1,251 vehicles, including about 583 day-cab truck tractors, 174 sleeper-cab truck tractors, and 494 light and medium duty trucks.

4/4/2014 - The Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) Melbourne, Australia has selected Mercury and Fleet CEO to conduct a fleet management best study and develop a strategic business plan for its fleet of fire trucks and other specialty “appliances,"" (pieces of apparatus, in North America). MFB provides firefighting, rescue, medical, and hazardous material incident response services to the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city. The majority of MFB services occur in the metropolitan district which reaches across 26 Local Government Areas. There are 47 stations spread through five districts which are split into two main regions, covering an area of over 1,000 square kilometers. Fleet CEO is a Melbourne based consultancy and service provider specializing in the design and implementation of programs and strategies for improved fleet management.

4/1/2014 -Wake County, North Carolina contracts with Mercury to evaluate fleet management activities. Wake County is located in the state capital of Raleigh and is the governmental and educational hub of the region. This project is focused on validating primary fleet related business practices and benchmarking costs against other government fleets and the market.

3/30/2014 - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency hires Mercury as a subcontractor to Deloitte to provide multiple fleet management services, including a Vehicle Allocation Methodology, a Fleet Management Plan, optimal replacement cycle analysis, lease vs. buy analysis, a capital acquisition plan, and fleet management training. The Agency is under the Department of Homeland Security and employs over 19,000 personnel operating a fleet of over 12,000 law enforcement vehicles.

3/24/2014 - Orange County, Florida Fire and Rescue Department selects Mercury to perform a comprehensive review of the maintenance and repair of it vehicle and equipment fleet. The Orlando-based agency operates a fleet of more than 140 pieces of firefighting equipment to protect nearly 1.2 residents dispersed across 1,003 square miles.

2/5/2014 - The City of Norman, Oklahoma engages Mercury to perform a comprehensive fleet rightsizing study for their fleet of nearly 900 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The project includes identifying underutilized fleet assets, recommending optimal transportation and equipment solutions, and to assist the City in establishing a shared-use motor pool.

1/29/2014- Mercury was awarded a project for Gulf Stream Marine, one of the largest privately held stevedore companies in North America with a fleet of over 500 material handling equipment, which involved a fleet operations best practices assessment and implementation of a fleet information systems.

1/29/2014 - Mercury was awarded a project to conduct an in-depth evaluation of SAP Enterprise's ability and appropriateness to be used as a fleet information system to manage the vehicle and equipment operations of a major city in the Pacific Northwest. This entailed developing functional requirements to identify the organization's system needs, comparing these needs to SAP Enterprise’s current capabilities in order to identify gaps, quantifying the cost and time required to close identified gaps, performing a functional and cost comparison between SAP Enterprises and two tier-1 commercial fleet systems, and measuring the usability of SAP Enterprise’s through detailed time studies.

1/29/2014- Mercury won a project to assist BC Hydro, a Canadian utility company, with the development of fleet system functional requirements for the purpose of selecting and procuring an enterprise fleet management information system. The project included defining system requirements and interface specification, training BC Hydro staff on how to evaluate systems, and serving as a technical advisor.

1/29/2014- Mercury conducted a comprehensive audit of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, FL (PBSO) use and capabilities of its fleet information system and review of fleet operations and current business practices. A second phase of the project involves extensive data cleanup and coding normalization, business process reengineering, and development of several management reports and key performance indicators (KPIs).

1/29/2014- Mercury was recently awarded a project by the US Department of State to conduct the annual VAM for their fleet of over 12,000 domestic and overseas vehicles at Embassies and Consulates around the world. The Department is now in the process of justifying around 3,700 vehicles that Mercury's proprietary eVAM tool classified as “Eliminate” or “Questionable”.

1/29/2014- Mercury contracted a project with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to perform a Vehicle Allocation Methodology (VAM) on their fleet of over 13,000 vehicles. Mercury will also be preparing a plan for downsizing their fleet and drafting a Fleet Management Plan as required by GSA.

1/29/2014- Mercury contracted a project with the York Regional Police which consisted of a Best Practice Assessment aimed at identifying the soundness of the overall management of the fleet. We reviewed the YRP’s fleet management policies, procedures, and practices in more than 30 functional areas and made more than 40 recommendations for improvement. The final report serves as a reference tool for the incoming Fleet Manager. YRP provides police services to approximately 1.1 million residents within the Regional Municipality of York (Ontario, Canada). This covers five Districts - Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Georgina, Vaughan and Markham, Ontario. In addition to these Districts, York Regional Police also has a full range of Investigative Services and Support Services which include Traffic, Canine, Emergency Response Units, Special Investigations, etc. In support, they have approximately 750 vehicles and equipment of which just over 600 are vehicles. Their Fleet Manager of 22 years retired in December, 2013.

1/29/2014- The City of North Bay awards Mercury a contract to review the findings of a KPMG study conducted earlier this year and translate these findings into actionable recommendations that take into account fleet best practices and competitiveness. The main tasks are to research current operations, assess the governance model, organization and staffing, conduct a best practice assessment and complete a right-sizing study. The City is a blend of rural and urban areas situated approximately three hours north of Toronto, Ontario. With a population of 54,000, it has a diverse business community and opportunities for growth. Fleet Services, has 29 employees and a fleet of 143 vehicles as well as other equipment such as trailers, backhoes, graders, etc. Annual expenditures are close to $4 million of which more than half is spent on personnel costs.

1/16/2014 - The U.S. Department of Defense selects Mercury under a subcontract to AOC Solutions to provide an onsite fleet consultant and data analyst to support its management of over 200,000 non-tactical vehicles used by all military components. The Department is an executive branch department and employs over 2 million people charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerning national security and the United States Armed Forces.

12/12/2013 - The State of New York Office of General Services awards Mercury a five-year task order agreement for fleet management consulting services to assist the State in the design, development, and implementation of an array of organizational and business process improvements aimed at upgrading fleet management practices and improving fleet performance and costs. The first two task orders awarded under this agreement are for a rightsizing study for the 9,000-unit passenger vehicle component of the State’s fleet; and a replacement planning and total cost of ownership study of the entire State fleet of 23,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

12/12/2013 - Lighting Maintenance, Inc., a Linthicum, MD-based contractor whose customers include the Virginia Department of Transportation, the District of Columbia Transportation Department, and the Maryland State Highway Administration, retains Mercury to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the management, maintenance, and operation of its 200-unit fleet.

12/12/2013 - One of the world’s largest industrial gases companies engages Mercury to develop a blueprint for a central distribution management organization in which the company would consolidate all facets of the management of product distribution activities on which it spends $1.2 billion per year.

12/12/2013 - Canada Post selects Mercury to develop a multi-year master plan for improving the management of its 4,000-unit material handling equipment fleet.

12/12/2013 - Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin engages Mercury to conduct an assessment of its retail 100-unit retail distribution truck and tractor fleet.

12/12/2013 - The City of Toronto selects Mercury to conduct a detailed evaluation of selected business practices of its Fleet Services organization, including fleet maintenance and repair, fleet fueling, driver/operator training and certification, and fleet utilization management. Fleet Services directly manages 5,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment in Canada’s largest City and provides oversight of an additional 5,000 units in the EMS, Fire and Police departments and the Toronto Transit Commission.

12/12/2013 - The Loudoun County (VA) General Services Department retains Mercury to develop a replacement plan and charge-back rates for FY 2015 for 1,200 vehicles and pieces of equipment in its general government fleet.

12/12/2013 - The City of Sacramento Department of General Services engages Mercury to develop a new fleet cost charge-back rate model and rates for its Fleet Management Division. FMD manages a City-wide fleet of 2,200 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

12/12/2013 - The State of Oregon Department of Transportation selects Mercury to conduct a fleet management, replacement, and utilization study for its 6,300-unit vehicle and equipment fleet. The first phase of this project involves developing a new charge-back rate model and rates for recovering the capital and operating costs of the units in the fleet. Phase 2 is a fleet utilization and rightsizing study.

11/13/2013 - Mercury Associates, Inc. was recently awarded a project to assist Intel Americas with an evaluation of the fleet leasing and services proposals for its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) fleet operations. Intel operates a fleet of about 800 vehicles in the EMEA region.

11/13/2013 - Mercury Associates secures a contract with the City of Tacoma, WA to perform a fleet management information system fit-gap evaluation. The project entails documenting the City’s functional requirements in a fleet system and comparing these requirements to the capabilities of their existing solution, SAP. The purpose of a system fit-gap evaluation is to determine existing system gaps, the cost and timeline for closing any gaps, and whether gaps significant enough to require the purchase of a new system. Mercury has performed fit-gap evaluations on SAP, Maximo, Fleet Focus FA and M4/M5, Faster Win and Web, FleetWave and several other solutions.

11/13/2013 - Mercury Associates, Inc. is selected to host Chevin's FleetWave for Burns & McDonnell, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm located in Kansas City, MO. Burns & McDonnell employs over 4,300 professionals and is ranked 18th in Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

11/13/2013 - The City of San Clemente, CA recently selected Mercury Associates, Inc. to conduct an assessment of their contract fleet maintenance operations. Resulting work will determine whether to continue to outsource fleet services or to bring operations back in-house.

11/13/2013 - Mercury Associates, Inc. was recently awarded a contract with the City of Greenville, SC to conduct a review of their fleet operation, focusing on developing a strategic direction for the fleet program through organizational, financial and operational issues.

10/21/2013 - The City of Saginaw hired Mercury Associates, Inc. to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the City's fleet operations. The City manages and maintains a fleet of 325 units with ten employees.

10/21/2013 - Mercury has been selected by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for a three part contract that includes:  1.  Develop and implement a training program for vehicle fleet managers and vehicle operators.  2. Assist DLA in developing and implementing Material Handling Equipment (MHE) operator training and licensing programs to include an instructor certification program.  3.  Assist in evaluating DLA’s compliance with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) equipment and reporting requirements.

10/21/2013 - Mercury has been selected by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to conduct a Vehicle Allocation Methodology Study (right type and right size)  on their Motor Vehicle Fleet, resulting in a draft Fleet Management Plan that will map the Agency's way forward while at the same time meeting all Federal mandates.

10/21/2013 - Mercury Associates, Inc. was recently awarded a project for Suncor Energy to create a policy framework, including a comprehensive fleet policies and procedures manual, a Driver’s Guidebook for driver responsibilities, and a sample service level agreement between Fleet Services and their customers which describes responsibilities, services, timelines, fees, and standards for all fleet activities.

10/21/2013 - Mercury was engaged to update the Town of Waterford’s fleet replacement plan. Mercury developed the initial replacement plan in 2003 and has updated the plan each year since.

10/21/2013 - The Village of Buffalo Grove and three surrounding municipalities engaged Mercury Associates, Inc. to assess the possibility of sharing fleet maintenance services. The project will evaluate the current fleet maintenance programs of each of the organizations to determine if consolidations opportunities exist.

8/16/2013 - The State of Florida selects Mercury to develop a strategic business case evaluation of fleet operations. This project focuses on identifying the best approach for the state to acquire, maintain, fuel, replace and manage its fleet of over 20,000 vehicles.

8/16/2013 - Mercury Associates, Inc. assisted the Parker Water and Sanitation district in developing new policy guidelines for vehicle replacements. Policy included updated and more appropriate replacement cycles and established general rules for making additions to the current fleet. Mercury also assisted the District in reviewing and revising the current vehicle operation policies to a broader, more comprehensive guide for employees who operate District vehicles.

8/16/2013 - Evans Consulting Services engaged Mercury Associates, Inc. to assess Horizon Utilities’ fleet program. Horizon provides electricity and related utility services to 239,000 residential and commercial customers in the cities of Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ontario Canada. The objective of the review was to determine the effectiveness of the fleet operation compared with best practices in the industry.

8/6/2013 - Mercury Associates has been awarded a contract to assist the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General by providing fleet management subject matter expertise. One of the primary tasks is to assist in a review of the development of new design concepts for the next generation collection and delivery vehicles that will eventually replace the current USPS collection and delivery Long Life Vehicles. The Postal Service operates one of the largest fleets in world with over 200,000 vehicles.

7/19/2013 - Randy Owen will be speaking at the Police Fleet Expo in Charlotte, NC. His two presentations, Rightsize Your Fleet and Be A Hero and Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and Fleet Replacement Planning, will be Wednesday, August 21 at 8:30am and Thursday, August 22 at 1:30pm, respectively. To attend the conference, click here: http://www.hendonpub.com/pfe.

7/19/2013 - The State of Florida selects Mercury to conduct an assessment of the best business and organizational model to optimize the performance and cost of its fleet operations.  This project will focus on evaluating alternatives such as centralized versus decentralized management; in-house versus use of commercial vendors; and lease versus own.  Florida operates a fleet of 25,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

7/19/2013 - The City and County of San Francisco has retained Mercury Associates to conduct a preliminary space needs assessment for a new central fleet maintenance facility. The Fleet Management Department, which maintains the City’s fleet of more than 6,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment, will be relocating its Central Shops operation by mid-2015. The first step in this process is to determine the total building and ancillary space requirements for one or more replacement facilities so that suitable parcels of land can be located and purchased.

7/19/2013 - The State of New York Office of General Services has selected Mercury Associates to provide fleet management consulting services under a five-year contract. Mercury will assist the State, which operates a fleet of more than 20,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment, in identifying and implementing fleet management-related organizational, business process, sourcing, and other improvements aimed at optimizing the performance and costs of its fleet and the cost effectiveness of the fleet management services provided to State agencies. OGS is the 30th state government agency (in a total of 18 different states) that has engaged Mercury to provide fleet management consulting services in the last 10 years.

7/19/2013 - Houston-based stevedoring and marine terminal operator Gulf Stream Marine has engaged Mercury Associates to evaluate its fleet management practices and assist it in developing and implementing an effective fleet replacement planning, financing, and budgeting program. GSM’s fleet of lift trucks, cranes, and other vehicles and equipment support its cargo-handling activities at the Port of Houston and other Gulf Coast ports.

7/19/2013 - The City of Seattle has engaged Mercury Associates to develop a fleet fueling facility capital improvement plan. The plan will identify needed infrastructure and automation improvements to the City’s network of approximately two dozen facilities to ensure compliance with state and local environmental protection regulations as well as safe, efficient, and secure fleet fueling activities. The scope of the project also includes identifying fuel site consolidation opportunities.

6/14/2013 - Mercury is selected to assess fleet management practices for the City of Glendale, AZ. This project includes a review of all primary fleet practices including fleet replacement, maintenance, fueling, and financial practices.

6/14/2013 - Mercury is awarded a contract with a major North American oil company to assess ways to improve the effectiveness of its fleet operations. This project focuses on developing programs to maximize fleet availability and to compare in-house versus vendor repair costs. Client fleet includes 2,000 support vehicles in a mining and refinery environment.

6/14/2013 - Mercury is selected by the Region of Waterloo, in suburban Toronto, to conduct an assessment of their fleet operations. This project includes comparing current operations to industry best management practices.

6/14/2013 - The San Antonio Water System selects Mercury to conduct an assessment of its fleet management practices. SAWS provides regional water and wastewater services in the greater San Antonio area and operates a fleet of more than 1,000 units. Our project for SAWS focuses on developing a maintenance strategy, policies and procedures, and a fleet replacement plan based on life-cycle costing principles.

5/7/2013 - Mercury is selected to host Chevin's FleetWave for Bell Canada. Bell is Canada’s largest telecommunications company, which operates a fleet of approximately 12,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

5/7/2013 - Mercury is selected by the City of Springfield, IL to develop RFPs for a new FMIS. Springfield is the second most populous city in the state, outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. To deliver services to the residents of Springfield, the city operates a diverse mixed fleet of approximately 1,200 vehicles and pieces of equipment to deliver services to approximately 208,000 within the greater metropolitan area.

5/7/2013 - Janis Christensen, a Senior Manager with Mercury Associates, will be a moderator at the 2013 Fleet Safety Conference in Chicago, IL. She will be moderating "Extending Corporate Safety Culture to Personal Use of Company-Provided Vehicles". The conference will be held June 25-27. To learn more and register, visit: http://www.fleetsafetyconference.com/

5/7/2013 - Mercury has been awarded a contract to conduct a comprehensive fleet program review for the City of Norman, OK. The study will include an assessment of fleet management practices such as replacement planning, budgeting, and fleet utilization in addition to all major components of the fleet maintenance and repair operation. The city operates a fleet of nearly 1,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment that are maintained in single fleet maintenance shop.

5/7/2013 - Mercury was recently awarded a contract with St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District to assist with the implementation of a new FMIS module. The organization provides wastewater and storm water management services to approximately 1.4 million people over a 535-square mile service area. The project will focus on re-engineering business processes to align with best management practices. Specific tasks include configuration and implementation of a new FMIS module to support the fleet program.

4/4/2013 - The City of Baltimore Water and Wastewater Bureau (BWW), a municipal utility serving 1.8 million customers in the Baltimore metropolitan area, commissions Mercury Associates, Inc. to conduct a fleet modernization business case analysis. Before committing to participating in a city-wide fleet modernization program that will see a three-fold increase in fleet replacement spending to some $30 million per year, BWW asked Mercury to quantify the impact that modernization would have on the total cost of ownership of its 1,100-unit fleet. Mercury will employ its replacement planning and cost analysis program CARCAP™, along with a number of regression models developed using historical maintenance cost and fuel consumption data, to quantify the reduction in fleet operating costs and increase in vehicle residual values that would result from an increase in replacement spending on, and a reduction in the age of, the BWW fleet.

4/4/2013 - Mercury Associates, Inc. President Paul Lauria is retained as a expert witness in three lawsuits. Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP of Kansas City, Fleming & Fell PC of San Diego, and Sebris, Busto, James of Seattle have all retained Paul to serve as an expert on vehicle cost determination in lawsuits seeking compensation for the under reimbursement of delivery drivers and couriers who use their personally owned vehicles on their employers’ behalf. His role is to quantify all of the fixed and variable costs associated with making deliveries in personal vehicles – in as many as 40 different geographic areas and for as many as 8 different years – and comparing these costs to the reimbursement amounts actually received by drivers in order to determine the extent to which reimbursement shortfalls occurred.

4/4/2013 - Bexar County, TX retains Mercury Associates, Inc. to conduct a comprehensive study of its fleet management practices. The scope of the project includes an evaluation of all fleet management practices, cost charge-back rates, and financial management practices; a fleet rightsizing study; an evaluation of optimal replacement cycles for selected asset types; an assessment of costs associated with introducing more alternative fuel vehicles into the fleet; and the development of an RFP for fleet fuel card services.

3/16/2013 - Paul Lauria, President of Mercury Associates, will speak on Fleet Rightsizing and Utilization at the Public Fleet Managers Association Meeting. The meeting will take place on May 16, 2013 in Vancouver, WA.

3/14/2013 - Paul Lauria, President of Mercury Associates, spoke at the NTEA’s annual conference in Indianapolis, IN on March 6, 2013. His topic, Repair or Replace: Finding the Optimum Balance for Your Fleet, was part of the Work Truck Show. To see the full presentation, visit our Articles and Presentations page.

3/14/2013 - Paul Lauria spoke at the National Truck Equipment’s (NTEA) 49th annual convention on March 6, 2013. The convention took place in Indianapolis, IN and Mr. Lauria spoke on Establishing an Effective Fleet Replacement Program.

3/14/2013 - Bannu Hurtig has been a Senior Consultant with Mercury Associates, Inc. for the past year. Her 28 years of experience in the Canadian information and communications technology industry has been a vital asset to the firm.

3/14/2013 - Kate Vigneau recently joined Mercury as a Consultant. Her past experience includes working at NATO’s Joint Warfare Center in Norway, as NAFA’s Vice President for Canada and Northern Region Trustee, and as a faculty member in Business Administration at Royal Military College.

3/14/2013 - William Gookin joined Mercury as a consultant in January of 2012, with over 40 years of experience in supply chain management. He served as the agency head of transportation for NASA, and has had such notable clients as the National Park Service, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

3/14/2013 - Mercury also expanded its senior level management, promoting Bradley Kelley from Vice President to Senior Vice President. He also maintains the title of Chief Information Officer for the firm. Says Randy Owen: “Brad is an expert in both fleet management and information technology.”

3/14/2013 - Gary Hatfield was recently promoted from Senior Manager to Vice President. He has been in the fleet management industry for over 40 years, and has worked with a variety of state and federal agencies to improve their fleet management. He has been an employee of Mercury for the past 8 years, and has worked with such notable clients as NASA, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a variety of State and local fleets.

12/7/2012 - Anderson County SC contracts with Mercury to develop a long-range fleet replacement plan. This project includes developing optimal replacement cycle recommendations, modeling future year replacement funding requirements, and presenting results to the County Commission.

12/3/2012 - Collective Data selects Mercury Associates, Inc. to host the collectiveFleet fleet management software system for Arctic Power Systems Group. Arctic Power Systems Group is one of the largest privately owned power line contractors in Western Canada. Their clients include Fortis BC, BC Hydro, Imperial Oil, Petro Canada, Rogers Cable, Bell Mobility and Telus.

12/1/2012 - Gary Hatfield was recently promoted from Senior Manager to Vice President. He has been in the fleet management industry for over 40 years, and has worked with a variety of state and federal agencies to improve their fleet management. He has been an employee of Mercury for the past 8 years, and has worked with such notable clients as NASA, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a variety of State and local fleets.

12/1/2012 - Mercury also expanded its senior level management, promoting Bradley Kelley from Vice President to Senior Vice President. He also maintains the title of Chief Information Officer for the firm. Says Randy Owen: “Brad is an expert in both fleet management and information technology.”

12/1/2012 - Mercury is selected by the City of Pasadena to assess the efficiency of fleet management activities. In this project Mercury consultants will identify the fits and gaps between current processes and recognized industry best management practices, and develop recommendations to improve the effectiveness of City operations.

11/25/2012 - The City of Palo Alto selects Mercury to conduct a review of fleet operations. This project includes an assessment of alternative service models, the feasibility of leasing, and work on fleet sustainability issues.

11/20/2012 - Mercury Associates, working as a subcontractor to Runzheimer International, was awarded a new contract to provide ongoing fleet management consulting services to the U.S. Department of State. The services include development of a Vehicle allocation methodology and fleet management expertise to the state department's fleet management council.

10/19/2012 - The Town of Stratford, CT selects Mercury Associates to conduct a comprehensive fleet management process improvement study for its 500-unit fleet. The project’s components include a best management practices study; an activity-based cost analysis and charge-back rate evaluation; a fleet rightsizing study; the development of requirements for the purchase of a new fleet management information system; and the development of a long-term fleet replacement plan.

10/19/2012 - Mercury is awarded a 3-year blanket purchase agreement with the General Services Administration's Employee Relocation Resource Center. Relocation benefits available to Federal employees have been impacted by effects of the housing and mortgage crises. Mercury is assisting the Government to implement bridge solutions for the near-term to keep the Federal workforce mobile while working toward a long-term, sustainable relocation contracting model that is less susceptible to shifts in the real estate market and economy.

10/19/2012 - Mercury is contracted by the City of Wilmington, DE to provide direct oversight of contracted fleet maintenance operations performed by First Group, as well as validates fuel system usage and develops monthly chargebacks for all departments.

10/19/2012 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Lab awarded Mercury Associates, Inc. a contract extension to continue providing services to improve fleet management. Services include management plans advice and fleet rightsizing assistance.

10/3/2012 - The U.S. General Services Administration contracted Mercury Associates, Inc. to perform a Vehicle Allocation Methodology and Fleet Management Plan for the Agency’s internal fleet of 1,200 vehicles.

10/1/2012 - The Defense Logistics Agency, (DLA) contracted Mercury Associates to update their DLA Motor Vehicle Instruction and to develop a DLA Guides for Fleet Management and Motor Pool Operations. Additionally, Mercury will conduct the DLA Vehicle Allocation Methodology and draft their Fleet Management Plan as required by General Services Administration Bulletin Federal Management Regulation B-30.

9/25/2012 - The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has contracted Mercury Associates, Inc. to develop key requirements and specifications for the acquisition of a centralized fleet management integrated solution. Subject matter expertise will also be provided to assure that all work meets the requirements of all VA offices and administrations.

9/11/2012 - The Department of Defense has contracted Mercury Associates, Inc. to provide an assessment of the information systems used for fleet purposes throughout the Department of Defense and make recommendations for a centralized fleet management information system (FMIS). A centralized FMIS is essential to improve fleet management efficiency, cost control, and reporting. Elimination of redundant software systems and manual data entry and duplication will be a project goal and will result in efficiency and cost savings over the entire Department of Defense.

9/7/2012 - Gompers Habilitation Center (Phoenix, AZ) retains Mercury Associates to assist it in developing and implementing a vehicle acquisition strategy that improves the suitability of its fleet composition to the ambulatory and nonambulatory transportation needs of its clients and reduces its dependence on a single vehicle manufacturer’s local distributor for technical guidance in the specification and selection of vehicles.

8/29/2012 - Mercury is contracted by Wipro Technologies to assist in the implementation of Oracle’s E-Business Suite (EBS) and Real-Time Scheduler (ORS) and Sunflower's Trinetra GPS and school bus routing software for Emirates Transport to support the routing, scheduling, and transportation of approimately 250,000 students to 800 schools using 3,575 school buses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

8/20/2012 - Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) selected Mercury Associates to assist the company with the rebidding of its current fleet lease agreement and to explore the value of managed services, such as fuel, maintenance, and repair, and other services. PREIT is a publicly traded REIT that owns and manages overs 30 million square feet of shopping centers in 13 states, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PREIT currently has a fleet of over 90 vehicles.

8/1/2012 - The City of Annapolis, MD engages Mercury Associates to conduct a comprehensive fleet management process improvement study for its 400-unit fleet. The project’s components include a best management practices study; a consolidation feasibility assessment; a fleet rightsizing study; and the development of a long-term fleet replacement plan and the evaluation of alternative methods of financing.

8/1/2012 - Sam Houston State University engaged Mercury to provide fleet management consulting services. SHSU is part of the Texas State University System. It is located in Huntsville, Texas and has an enrollment of nearly 18,000 students. The University operates a fleet of about 170 vehicles.

7/13/2012 - The San Antonio Fire Department selects Mercury and its partner, the Tridata Division of System Planning Corporation, to conduct a review of logistics operations. This project includes assessing the fits and gaps of industry best management practices for fleet, purchasing, warehousing, medical supply, and facility operations.

7/1/2012 - Mercury partners with the City of Hillsboro, OR to develop a vehicle and equipment classification coding system for their fleet of 450 units. The project also included “scrubbing” the inventory to ensure consistency and accuracy of the information.

6/29/2012 - Due to significant demand for Mercury's fleet consulting and enterprise cloud services, both in North America and Internationally, the company is moving to larger office space in Houston, Texas. The new location will house the company's technology consulting and cloud computing support staff; and serve as a training facility for fleet professionals with its state-of-the-art classroom to facilitate hands-on systems training and instructor-led fleet management education.

6/21/2012 - Loudoun County (VA) Government and Loudoun County Public Schools selects Mercury Associates to conduct a wide-ranging review of the management of their combined fleet of 2,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The scope of the study includes a best management practices review, a fleet utilization and rightsizing study, a review of current fleet management costs and charge-back rates, and a review of fleet replacement reserve funds, rates, and alternative capital financing approaches.

6/21/2012 - Jamaica Hospital Medical Center (Jamaica NY) engages Mercury Associates to conduct a diagnostic review of its ambulance and medical transport vehicle fleet management practices, focusing particular attention on the areas of fleet safety management and vehicle replacement.

6/15/2012 - Mercury receives a contract from Epcor to develop an RFP for maintenance services. Epcor is the municipal utility for Edmonton Alberta Canada and also owns water supply companies in Arizona and New Mexico. Mercury’s work for Epcor includes a review of fleet safety policies and practices.

6/1/2012 - The City of Pullman, WA engages Mercury Associates to review and finalize specifications for the purchase of a new fire apparatus to ensure that that comply with the guidelines of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), from whom grant funds to defray part of the cost of acquiring the asset have been obtained.

6/1/2012 - Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport selects Mercury to conduct a manpower assessment for feet services. The project includes analyzing the size and composition of DFW’s fleet, assessing local operating conditions, and determining the number and type of fleet staff positions required to support airport operations. The engagement also includes development of maintenance audit procedures for contracted bus operations.

5/24/2012 - Mercury receives contract from Harris County, Texas, the third most populous county in the U.S., to perform a vehicle allocation analysis in an effort to rightsize the County's fleet. Mercury has performed similar studies for the State of California and DHS, which identified significant savings through a reduction in fleet size and proper allocation of assets.

5/1/2012 - The Town of Longmeadow, MA selects Mercury to review the size and composition of its Public Works fleet. The objective of this review is to right-size and right-type the fleet. The project includes developing the profile of the current fleet, identifying operations and fleet assets required to support these operations, and developing the “ideal fleet” to support the department.

4/20/2012 - Mercury selected to conduct a feasibility study of propane and CNG for use in BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc.'s North Slope vehicle fleet operation, as well as to understand and validate the compatibility and emission benefits of propane and natural gas vehicles. The study includes comparisons of capital asset replacement requirements to determine the “break-even” point for when specific vehicle classes should be replaced. BP Exploration Alaska is an “upstream” business unit of the BP Amoco Group Plc., and is engaged in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas in Alaska.

4/8/2012 - The County of Santa Clara, California selects Mercury to assist with the development of a leased vehicle pilot project. Mercury will assist in developing the initial RFP document to solicit proposals form fleet management companies.

3/6/2012 - Multiple law firms, including Stueve Siegel Hanson, LLP; Nichols Kaster, LLP; and Sebris Busto James, retain Mercury Associates’ president Paul Lauria to serve as an expert witness for plaintiffs in lawsuits seeking compensation for the under reimbursement of the costs incurred by pizza delivery drivers in using their personally owned vehicles on their employers’ behalf. Mercury’s reports and testimony focus on quantifying some or all of the fixed and variable costs associated with making deliveries in personally owned vehicles and comparing these costs to the reimbursement amounts actually received by drivers to determine whether and to what extent reimbursement shortfalls may have occurred.

3/1/2012 - Hamilton Township, NJ retains Mercury Associates to review and finalize specifications for the purchase of new fire trucks to ensure that they do not contain “proprietary” requirements that might favor some potential bidders/suppliers over others.

2/23/2012 - The City of Asheville, North Carolina selects Mercury to develop a long-range replacement plan for vehicles and equipment. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a full service community consistently voted as one of the top communities in the country for quality of life.

2/2/2012 - Biogen Idec contracts with Mercury for a best practices study of all fleet operations with a focus on assessment of program strengths and weaknesses as well as identifying opportunities to reduce service costsand/or to improve service quality. Biogen Idec has a fleet of about 370 light duty vehicles; however, significant growth is expected.

2/2/2012 - Metra contracts with Mercury to assist the company in conducting the preparation, evaluation, and negotiation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for fleet management and leasing services. Metra is a regional commuter rail agency serving the Chicago area. Its vehicle fleet is comprised of approximately 553 vehicles and trailers, ranging from passenger sedans and patrol cars to medium and heavy-duty trucks.

2/2/2012 - Genentech contracts with Mercury to assist the fleet department with the development of a draft fleet policy and procedure document to govern vehicles primarilyoperating on the company’s South San Francisco campus. Genentech has a diverse fleet of about 150 vehicles.

2/2/2012 - City of Medicine Hat contracts with Mercury to review the adequacy of fleet management system controls and practices; the extent to which fleet resources have been economically managed; and the effectiveness of the City’s internal cost charge-back methodologies. Located in southeast Alberta, Canada, the City has a fleet of 700 vehicles and 150 units of equipment.

2/2/2012 - Hoosier Energy contracts with Mercury to assist the company in conducting the preparation, evaluation, and negotiation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for fleet management and leasing services. An additional project includes an assessment of the present mode of operation, identification of service and policy gaps, current internal administration costs, and assessment of the company’s fleet management information systems. Hoosier has a fleet of about 350 vehicles and 150 units of equipment.

2/1/2012 - Montgomery County, Ohio chooses Mercury to assess opportunities to consolidate fleet operations. This project involves assessing the operations of three separate organizations to develop recommendations to save money and improve efficiency.

1/15/2012 - Mercury is selected by the University of Western Ontario to develop a strategic fleet plan. This project includes assessing fleet operations to maximize efficiency, sustainability, and economic performance. Located in London Ontario, UWO is the fourth largest university in Canada.

1/10/2012 - Johnson and Scott counties, Iowa select Mercury to conduct fleet management best practices studies. While the projects are separate, the counties jointly procured consultant services in order to capture economies of scale and reduce costs.

1/4/2012 - Baldwin EMC, an electric cooperative based in southwest Alabama, selects Mercury to determine the optimal vehicle replacement cycles for selected types of vehicles in its fleet and to assess the benefits of standardizing its purchases of bucket and digger derrick trucks.

1/4/2012 - Loudoun County, Virginia Government and Loudoun County Schools select Mercury to conduct a comprehensive fleet management best practices study and fleet rightsizing study for a countywide fleet of 2,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

1/4/2012 - The State of Iowa Department of Administrative Services selects Mercury to assist it in assessing the feasibility of outsourcing short-term rental (i.e., motor) pool services to a commercial car rental company.

1/4/2012 - Gompers Habilitation Center in Phoenix, Arizona retains Mercury to conduct a best management practices review of its rapidly expanding wheelchair-equipped van fleet operation.

1/3/2012 - Pinellas County, Florida Fleet Management Division selects Mercury to conduct a fleet cost containment study and charge-back rate review. Severe budget constraints and County service-level cutbacks have reduced the size of the fleet and the demand for vehicle maintenance and repair and other services. The objective of this project is to assist the Division in identifying additional strategies and techniques for reducing its costs, and to update its charge-back rates to ensure that the County’s fleet management internal service fund remains solvent.

1/3/2012 - The National Cooperative Highway Research Program of the Transportation Research Board selects Mercury to conduct a research synthesis on state department of transportation fleet replacement financing and funding practices. The objective of the study is to assist state DOT equipment managers in better understanding the different ways in which states try to provide for the timely replacement of their DOT fleet assets, especially in the wake of the widespread budget cuts necessitated by the recent recession.

1/1/2012 - Bannu Hurtig joins Mercury Associates, Inc. as a Senior Consultant. Her 28 years of experience in the Canadian information and communications technology industry has been a vital asset to the firm.

1/1/2012 - William Gookin joined Mercury as a consultant in January of 2012, with over 40 years of experience in supply chain management. He served as the agency head of transportation for NASA, and has had such notable clients as the National Park Service, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

12/29/2011 - The City of Sacramento, California engages Mercury to conduct a fleet cost containment and efficiency improvement study for the Department of General Services, whose Fleet Management Division manages and maintains a fleet of approximately 2,400 units. The scope of the project includes conducting a cost of service analysis and evaluation of current charge-back rates relative to actual costs; an evaluation of long-term fleet replacement costs and alternative approaches to financing them; the determination of optimal replacement cycles for selected vehicle types; and an evaluation of fleet-related procurement and services delivery practices, all aimed at identifying both immediate and long-term cost savings.

12/29/2011 - The City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Public Transportation Department engages Mercury to conduct an assessment of the organization and staffing of its Central Garage, which maintains the City’s 600-unit fleet.

12/29/2011 - The County of Sacramento, California selects Mercury to conduct a fleet maintenance program competitiveness assessment. The Fleet Services Division of the Department of General Services manages and maintains a fleet of 3,200 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The scope of the project includes a review of the Division’s costs, cost charge-back rates, and all fleet maintenance and repair-related resources and business processes.

11/10/2011 - Mercury is selected by the City of San Antonio, Texas to study the life-cycle costs of alternative fueled vehicles. This project includes determining the capital and operating costs of existing fleet vehicles, researching the availability of AFVs, assessing the life-cycle costs of both conventional vehicles and AFVs, and developing recommendations for the City.

11/8/2011 – Mercury has been awarded a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) contract by the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Office of Governmentwide Policy. The purpose of the contract is to facilitate the efforts of Federal agencies in obtaining support for fulfilling the goals and requirements of a Presidential Memorandum, Federal Fleet Performance, released May 24, 2011. Working with GSA, Federal agencies can award Task Orders under the contract for support services relating to Vehicle Allocation Methodology (VAM) studies, lease vs. own analyses, life-cycle costing, replacement planning, agency fleet condition assessments, agency fleet operations, fleet management information systems, and policy and procedure development. The contract allows for task-specific projects or on-site staffing, as required.

10/20/2011 – The City of Tacoma, Washington selects Mercury to conduct a fleet rightsizing study of it utilities fleet. Mercury will employ its proprietary Vehicle Allocation Methodology (VAM) process to help the City save money through better use of vehicles and equipment. Tacoma is Washington state's third-largest city, with approximately 203,400 residents. Located at the base of Mount Rainier and along the shores of Commencement Bay, it is recognized as a business-oriented and progressive international city.

10/10/2011 – Mercury is selected by the City of Charlotte, North Carolina to conduct an assessment of existing asset management systems; Infor's Hansen and Spear 4i, Faster Asset Solutions' Faster Web, and Azteca's CityWorks. The focus of the project is to determine if opportunities exist to consolidate systems used to manage fleet assets. The City of Charlotte operates a fleet if over 6,000 assets, including light rail.

8/22/2011 – St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District contracts with Mercury to conduct a comprehensive fleet maintenance program review. St. Louis MSD provides a full range of wastewater and stormwater services over a 500 square mile service area. The objective of the study is to evaluate current practices, organizational structure, staffing levels, and business processes and to identify opportunities for improvement. They operate a fleet of nearly 1,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

6/30/2011 - Colorado Springs Utilities engages Mercury to conduct a presentation on fleet replacement practices. Mercury had previously developed a long-term fleet replacement plan for the organization and was asked to present replacement financing alternatives to their finance committee.

6/10/2011 - Mercury selected by Rockwell Collins to assist with determining the best channel of distribution for the sales, promotion, public relations, installation, and servicing of the iForce, an integrated public safety vehicle solution, to state, local, and county law enforcement users. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rockwell Collins has a market capitalization of $9.8 billion and annual sales of $4.7 billion.

6/10/2011 - Mercury to perform a best practices study to develop a single vehicle program for Schneider Electric's U.S. and Canadian business operations. Schneider offers employees choices between a company-provided vehicle program and employee-provided vehicle programs, which include a “FAVR” allowance program, as well as cents-per-mile reimbursement plans. The company operates a fleet of over 2,500 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.

6/10/2011 - Mercury to assist Whiting Oil and Gas with assessing the appropriateness of its fleet leasing agreement and management practices. Whiting operates a fleet of about 300 light and medium-duty vehicles throughout the U.S and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

6/10/2011 - Mercury to provide Ecofrotas with a summary of the NAFA Fleet Management Association U.S. and Canadian educational programs to determine the extent that the material lends itself to the Brazilian market, including local laws and cultural differences. Headquartered in Sao Leopaldo, Brazil, Ecofrotas provides fleet management solutions with a drive toward sustainability. The company has a portfolio of 6,250 corporate customers and a combined fleet of 321,000 vehicles.

5/30/2011 - The State of Oregon Department of Administrative Services hires Mercury to conduct a comparative analysis of the DAS Fleet program and other similar state fleet organizations throughout the United States. The study focused on the 4,500 DAS managed light duty vehicles. The study also included a review of their fleet maintenance shop operations.

5/6/2011 - The City of Provo, Utah selects Mercury to conduct a fleet rightsizing study and to identify optimal replacement cycles for key types of vehicles and equipment in its fleet. The City of Provo has a population of approximately 125,000; making it the third largest city in the State of Utah. It is also the principal in Orem-Provo metro area, which boasts a population of 541,000.

5/6/2011 - The National Academy of Sciences’ National Cooperative Highway Research Program engages Mercury to conduct a workshop for a cross-section of highways and public work equipment management professionals and experts to identify research needs associated with improving equipment fleet maintenance practices.

5/6/2011 - The City of Phoenix, Arizona selects Mercury to review and recommend improvements to the cost charge-back rates and rate development model used by the Department of Public Works’ Equipment Management Division to recover the costs of maintaining and repairing the City’s fleet of more than 7,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

3/1/2011 – Mercury is hired to assist the City of Corpus Christi, Texas reduce costs by assessing the feasibility of outsourcing some or all fleet management functions. The project also includes an assessment of opportunities to reduce the size of the fleet.

2/25/2011 - Mercury - Runzheimer team has been awarded a new contract with the U.S. Department of State, a five-year BPA (Blanket Purchase Agreement; base + four option years) that broadens the scope of services of previous contracts and includes fleet consulting services, conduct special studies, vehicle allocation methodology (VAM), regulatory compliance, benchmarking, and general support.

2/15/2011 - The State of California engages Mercury to right size its 50,000 unit fleet. Project includes analyzing utilization data, surveying fleet users, developing recommendations to right size and right type the fleet, and presenting results to state officials. Savings projections for this project exceed $10 million.

2/8/2011 – American Relocation Connections engaged Mercury to assist in developing a concept Statement of Work and proposal for a business development opportunity with a federal government prospect.

1/30/2011 - The City of Boston’s Central Fleet Management organization hired Mercury Associates to conduct a facilities capacity study. The purpose of the study was to determine total fleet maintenance shop space requirements to maintain their diverse fleet of 1,200 units. The study included a review of the current 60,000SF shop and determination of the total amount of space needed to adequately maintain the fleet. The study also included operational improvement recommendations to obtain better use of the current shop configuration.

1/30/2011 - The City Hyattsville, Maryland hired Mercury Associates to review the effectiveness of their current decentralized fleet management and maintenance program. The focus of the study was to determine whether a consolidated fleet organization would be able to provide a higher level of service at a lower cost.

1/7/2011 – Summit Relocation engaged Mercury to assist in developing a proposal to submit to the U.S. General Services Administration for a contract under Schedule 48 Transportation, Delivery, and Relocation Services (TDRS).

1/3/2011 – The City of Saint John, New Brunswick engages Mercury to conduct a comprehensive study of their fleet operations. Saint John is the largest province of New Brunswick and is the oldest incorporated city in Canada. The initial project focused on three essential elements of their fleet program: governance, business processes, and maintenance operations. During the course of the study, several maintenance and management practice improvements were recommended. It was also determined that there was an opportunity to reduce the size of the fleet which would lead to lowering overall fleet costs. A formal fleet right sizing study was conducted and several underutilized fleet assets were identified and eliminated from the fleet.

1/3/2011 - Mercury executes a contract with Danella Companies, a large equipment rental company headquartered in Pennsylvania, to implement and host an enterprise fleet management system (CollectiveFleet).

 

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