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Penske Intern Program Offers College Students Real-World Experience

Like many college students, Michaela Rosenberger searched for an internship that could provide real-world experience and a culture that would embrace professional development.

Rosenberger, a rising junior at West Chester University, said she found that and more as part of the Penske Corporate Summer Internship Program. “From my very first day, everyone was so welcoming,” said Rosenberger, an intern with Penske Logistics. “I can’t imagine having a better first internship.”

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College students carry moving boxes.

Moving into college is an exciting time for students eager for a fresh start.

The moving day itself, however, can be overwhelming, especially if you are navigating a big city like Boston. That’s why Penske Truck Rental is here to ease the stress of moving day in Beantown.

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Penske Truck Leasing Opens New, State-of-the-Art Facility in Monroe, Ohio

Penske Truck Leasing has recently opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Monroe, Ohio. Located at 100 Clark Boulevard this new facility expands Penske’s capability to support this growing Ohio market and allows increased aid to the large territory between its Sharonville and Dayton sites.

At this location, Penske offers consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance. It is also outfitted with the company's proprietary fully digital and voice-directed preventive maintenance process and Penske digital experience solutions, which help customers leverage Penske technology as well as options related to onboard technology systems (ELDs, telematics, onboard cameras, etc.).

“This state-of-the-art facility brings the full Penske-experience, showcasing our strong commitment to the community and ability to cultivate with the growing market,” said Tim Burke, the Midwest area vice president for Penske Truck Leasing. “I extend my appreciation to our customers – allowing us to grow, and the dedication of our staff – maintaining service excellence throughout the process.

The location is 14,520 square-feet and sits on 5.96 acres. It features three service bays plus an automatic truck wash bay, a two-lane fuel island and in-floor heating.

Penske currently employs approximately 20 associates at the new facility, and is hiring truck technicians, fueler and wash bay attendants, customer service representatives, and drivers locally and nationwide. For a list of open positions in the Monroe area and at other Penske locations across North America visit penske.jobs for more information.

Kids look at home items packed into boxes.

You’ve found a new place to live, secured a Penske rental truck and organized the logistics of getting your belongings from point A to point B. All that’s left to do now is get there—but that can be easier said than done when you’re traveling with kids.

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Moving Hacks for a Great Moving Day

Where did I pack this? What's in this box? How do I put this together? Where's the remote?

While moving can be an exciting opportunity, it can easily become overwhelming.

From color-coded storage bins to planning a packing supply center, Penske Truck Rental has a few moving hacks to help make things a little easier.


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Penske Supports PVA National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Athletes from across the country are meeting in Arizona this week for the 2022 Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which features competition in more than 20 sports.

Penske is a proud supporter of the Wheelchair Games and donated trucks to assist organizers with their transportation and logistical needs for the event.

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Penske Truck Leasing Supports Tampa Tech Industry Growth through Tech Center Facility

Tampa is a hot spot, literally, metaphorically, and technically speaking. It has intermittently ranked on Penske’s Top 10 Moving Destinations list since 2011 – and solidifying Tampa as a place to relocate – the Tampa Bay region ranks #6 for tech worker relocations, according to The Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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Staying Safe when Sharing the Road

Summer is one of the busiest times on the road. Professional truck drivers and do-it-yourself movers share the road with families on the way to vacation destinations and motorcyclists enjoying the warmer weather.

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Penske Truck Leasing supports skilled trades at 2022 SkillsUSA National Conference

For the eighth-straight year, Penske Truck Leasing will be participating in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Taking place from June 20-24 in Atlanta, Georgia, Penske will be connecting with aspiring technicians to reinforce the importance of their work to the industry and to promote career opportunities that are available with the company. This year will mark Penske’s first as an official sponsor.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers, and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations. As part of the national conference, more than 6,500 students who were state champions participate in hands-on competitions in more than 100 trade, technical and leadership fields.

"These students are the best of the best in their skilled trade – in the nation," said Rick Labadie, Director of Staffing – Technician Hiring. He added that by helping with judging during the competition, "We experience first-hand how they perform. They have to troubleshoot the issue, whatever error code we put on the truck."

Penske will be an exhibitor at booth B432 – just across from the diesel competition. There will be daily drawings for prizes, such as a Snap-on toolbox, an Oculus, Team Penske-signed miniature race helmets and die-cast racecars, Apple products and gift cards.

This year, Penske has donated the use of five Freightliner tractors for the event’s Live Engine station where its fleet maintenance experts will judge the Shop Skills competition. NLSC attendees are also able to experience a live training session from three expert Penske technicians during “The New Face of Transportation” presentation. The expert technicians will feature the current landscape of fleet maintenance and technology, highlighting the company’s latest project in fleet technician training, Penske XR.

SkillsUSA Live Engine Competition

Penske lead technician, Shawn Teal reminisced over his time competing in the diagnostic portion of the 2015 SkillsUSA competition: "I knew exactly what to do, and when to do it – and did it as fast as I possibly could.”

"You learn twice as fast and retained it," Teal said, explaining that when he went to work each day, he would see the real-world application of the things he was learning in the classroom. Teal graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in May 2015 and went on to place sixth in the diesel competition at the 2015 SkillsUSA. Since joining Penske in 2013, he's been promoted several times and is now lead technician at Penske in Fargo, North Dakota.

As a lead technician for Penske Truck Leasing, Teal is agile and efficient in detecting truck issues, and getting them back on the road.

Since Penske Truck Leasing provides comprehensive fleet maintenance, his wide-ranging experience served Teal well when he was competing in at NLSC seven years ago. To get there, Teal won the Minnesota state competition, competing in hands-on tests against top diesel technician students from across the U.S. “At each station of the state competition, you didn’t know the skill level of your opponents, but you did your absolute best the quickest way possible,” he stated.

"Every day is a new challenge," Teal said. "That’s the best part about working at Penske."

Labadie said the conference is a good platform to encourage technical career opportunities to students and demonstrate the importance of skilled trades. In addition to diesel technicians, NLCS features a wide variety of careers, including electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.

SkillsUSA Media Kit

“As Penske continues to grow, our fleet size continues to grow,” said Labadie. “As our fleet grows, we have a need for more talent, and what better place to find great talent than at SkillsUSA.”

The Penske fleet count is currently 381,600 and continues to grow.

“To keep up with the Penske growth, we need to hire an additional 5,000 diesel maintenance technicians per year – for the next few years,” continued Labadie.

Teal’s advice for 2022 competitors? "Don't let it intimidate you. The competition can get intense – so take the challenge head on and have fun out there!"

"You get students who are there with their families. They're cheering on their brother or sister," Labadie said. "That's our next generation of people coming into our industry. It's an opportunity to build relationships with students, schools and industry leading supporters."

For information on diesel technician job openings and other career opportunities with Penske, visit https://penske.jobs/.

Penske Truck Rental Supports Special Olympics USA Games

More than 5,500 Special Olympics athletes and coaches will gather at venues across Orlando this week to participate in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

Penske Truck Rental is proud to partner with the Games by donating trucks to assist with the logistics of facilitating and operating the events and to cheer on the athletes as they live out their Olympic dreams.

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From Wedding Day to Moving Day
Your wedding day may be over, but it’s time to plan for another big daymoving day!
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A Penske truck driving on the road

Before getting behind the wheel of your rental truck, use these tips from Penske Truck Rental to help get you from point A to point B without the worry.

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Penske Truck Leasing Opens New, State-of-the-Art Facility in Cranbury, New Jersey

Penske Truck Leasing has recently opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Cranbury, New Jersey. Located at 2682 US 130 North, near exit 8 and 8A of the N.J. Turnpike and U.S. Route 1, it is the first-ever, ground-up build in its South Plainfield District.

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Preventing Low Clearance Accidents on Your DIY Move

So, you’re moving, DIY-style. You’ve set a date, arranged for a Penske rental truck and gotten all the details squared away. All that’s left to do now is load the truck and hit the road.

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10 Rental Reminders Before Moving Day

It’s moving day! Your friends and family are all-hands-on-deck to help. Your boxes are packed and your Penske rental truck is ready to go – or so you think.

Do you have a hand truck and enough blankets to move and protect your belongings? Did you remember to inquire about insurance through your agent and Penske? What if someone else needs to drive the truck?

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Penske Supports Annual Salute to Military Spouses

Military spouses navigate the intersection of keeping their families strong and supporting active duty loved ones whose military service helps to keep the country safe.

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Penske Transportation Solutions makes its return to the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in 2022 with an action-packed presence in Long Beach, California.

Penske Transportation Solutions makes its return to the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in 2022 with an action-packed presence in Long Beach, California. The company is a Presenting Sponsor of the conference itself (which runs May 9-12) and a Title Sponsor of the third annual Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA)-produced State of Sustainable Fleets Report.

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Penske Truck Rental’s Top 10 Moving Destinations for 2021 Revealed

It’s May, it’s #NationalMovingMonth and Penske Truck Rental’s Top 10 Moving Destinations list is back! Reminiscing over the past year, 2021 couldn’t have been a busier year for people on the move. Rental truck demand was incredibly robust, a trend that continues in 2022 as we enter yet another busy moving season ahead.

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Penske Truck Leasing Opens New Facility in Everett, Washington

Penske Truck Leasing has recently opened a brand-new facility in Everett, Washington. Located at 2140 Railway Avenue, it is the first new build by the company in the state of Washington. The new facility serves a much greater capacity within its existing market and offers competitive rates and exceptional personalized service.

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