Autocar donating custom tribute truck to EREF auction
Autocar, LLC, manufacturer of vocational trucks, is honoring the life and legacy of Charles “Mickey” Flood by donating a custom-engineered, full-bodied severe-duty class 8 DC-64R to the 2021 Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction.
Proceeds from the auction will support the EREF’s scientific and educational initiatives for waste management practices. The winning bidder will work with Autocar’s engineers to design their new DC-64R Refuse Truck to their specifications.
Flood was founder of IESI Corporation, the third-largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in North America. He served as vice-chairman and director of IESI-BFC, president and CEO of IESI from 1995-2004, and group president of Waste Management from 1989-1994. Flood was inducted into the National Recycling and Solid Waste Industry’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
“As a longtime member of Autocar’s advisory board and a proponent of shaping our business into a company that recognizes the importance of environmental endeavors, Mickey helped us establish a lot of the values we stand for when we make our sustainable trucks. We’re celebrating a member of our team we will dearly miss by supporting the EREF’s continued contributions to improving the solid waste industry,” said Jimmy Johnston, president of Autocar.
“Such a leader in the industry deserves nothing short of Autocar’s BADASS DC-64R. We’re excited to honor our friend Mickey’s behalf and help continue the solid waste research and education efforts he so strongly believed in.”
Flood was part of Autocar’s advisory board from 2013 to his passing in May, 2021.
The DC-64R conventional truck for severe-duty refuse applications is assembled in Birmingham, Ala. As all DC-64R trucks do, the Mickey Flood Tribute Truck comes standard with a Cummins engine. The workspace of the cab fits three and is spacious and functional with ample foot, leg, hip, elbow and shoulder room and a fully adjustable seat and steering column.
The DC-64R is the first truck ever built to use ultra-high-strength 160,000 PSI steel frame rails, 24% stronger and lighter than other trucks in the market.
The Mickey Flood Tribute Truck is equipped with a Galfab roll-off hoist and Pioneer tarping system.
Like every Autocar customer, the EREF auction winner will have lifetime support from the Autocar Solutions team, including 24/7 direct factory support, an extensive North American service network, access to online training and easy parts access.
The EREF’s mission is to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve.
Supporting solid waste research
For over 25 years, the donations and support of EREF’s Annual Charitable Auction, programs and other events have helped the Foundation become one of the largest funding sources for solid waste research in North America. Since 1994, the auction has raised more than $24 million to further support EREF’s mission.
EREF’s Annual Charitable Auction is open from June 16 to 30. To participate, text “EREFAuction21” to 76278, click the blue link to register and enter bids on available items.
The Mickey Flood Tribute Truck, the Autocar DC-64R Refuse Truck, will be on display at the WasteExpo in Las Vegas from June 28 to 30, at the EREF booth. WasteExpo attendees are encouraged to honour Flood’s legacy by recording their memories in a tribute book set up at the booth.
“Autocar is grateful to have worked with Mickey Flood for so long and is excited for his legacy to live on through the Mickey Flood Tribute Truck and
support of the EREF’s noteworthy contributions to the future of the industry,” Johnston said.
For more information on EREF’s Annual Charitable Auction and details on placing bids, please visit erefdn.org.