Collection truck maker cites significant innovations and health care costs as reasons for the 5 percent increase
Collection truck manufacturer Heil Environmental, Chattanooga, Tenn., has announced an average five percent price increase on all refuse collection bodies and roll-off hoists, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Heil has cited two key drivers for the increase. First, the company has noted the incorporation of significant innovations into their entire line of refuse collection products over the past 18-24 months, with the goal of providing customers with the best overall value in the industry. More features on the refuse bodies are now part of the standard models versus separately priced options. The features are designed to enhance customer productivity while reducing operation and maintenance costs.
“No manufacturer likes to raise prices,” says Nate Davis, Heil Product Manager. “However, there are times when it is necessary. We want to continue to offer customers the most innovative refuse collection equipment in the solid waste industry and at the same time deliver the highest efficiency with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). That innovation requires us to continually explore new technologies which, in turn, necessitates both resource and capital investments.”
Secondly, Heil cites the impacts of escalating employee healthcare costs and the overall economic inflation that has affected most industrial manufacturers over the same 18-24 month time period.
“Unfortunately, such significant cost increases cannot be offset by internal lean initiatives alone,” says Tom Vatter, vice president of sales for Environmental Solutions Group, of which Heil is a part. “We are proud of our commitment to product innovation and superior service, and we will continue to invest in technology that will enhance the people, profit and planet components of each customer’s triple bottom line. These investments will continue to measurably benefit our customers, despite the economic challenges we all face.”
Heil has indicated that the 2013 price increase varies by product and selected options. Current customers and those interested in purchasing Heil products are encouraged to contact their local Heil dealer for additional information.