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CASS: Equipment Training for Students

At Hugg & Hall, we pride ourselves on not only our high levels of customer service through our parts, rental, and service departments, but also through our training programs. We care about the future of the skilled trade workforce, which is why we offer equipment training and certifications for students who are at least 18 years old. 

High School Students Learn Skilled Trades

“CASS”, a.k.a the Career Academy of Siloam Springs strives to encourage students to become skilled workers before graduating High School. Students in this program are able to complete hands on learning and instructional courses taught by professionals in the business during their High School years. Thanks to the opportunities CASS offers, these students will be able to succeed at having a career in a local manufacturing plant, such as Simmons Foods, or Tyson, immediately after graduation.

CASS works with local companies to provide various kinds of equipment training for their students. Opportunities for students in this program have included courses in welding, HVAC, electrical, and even trucking! Because many students graduate and go on to study at universities, skilled workers and laborers are in short supply. The CASS program encourages change and produce groups of young skilled workers who are excited to learn a skilled trade! 

To learn more about the CASS program, visit their Facebook page, here

Hugg &Hall Hosts CASS for Student Lift Training

The Siloam Springs CASS program has trusted Hugg & Hall to provide equipment training for their students for the last 4 years. Hugg & Hall has also provided student training for programs in Berryville as well as Clarksville for the last several years. At the end of April, ten students attended courses at our Springdale, AR location to be trained on safe forklift and aerial lift operations. Warehouse and manufacturing operations covet these skills from potential workers.

Students attended an in depth instructional course in our training room each morning with professional trainer and certified operator, Bob Hendricks. After their classroom instruction, the students stepped outside to receive hands on forklift operations training and aerial lift training. Thanks to our training department, these students have officially completed and passed the courses. Because of the high standard of quality assurance Hugg & Hall has, the students are able to state to companies that they can safely and certifiably operate these pieces of machinery.

“I love teaching young students! They come into class ready to learn as a blank slate. Sometimes when you teach those who have been in the business for a long time, getting them to unlearn bad habits can be difficult. Students who come into our training sessions are eager to learn and learn the right way.” – Bob Hendricks, trainer

 

Training with Hugg & Hall:

Hugg & Hall provides safety training for all of our equipment in order to keep you and your company OSHA compliant. Our Training Department commits themselves to exceeding OSHA’s stringent requirements; featuring experienced and highly trained instructors. Training is offered on warehouse, yard, and rough terrain forklifts, as well as aerial work platforms, Bobcat Equipment, and pedestrian training.

To learn more and book your next forklift operations training session, check out the Operator Training section of our website:

Equipment Safety Training Certifications – Hugg & Hall Equipment Co. (hugghall.com)

Employee Spotlight: Cardec Martinez

Meet Cardec Martinez! Field Service Manager – Springdale, AR

Where is your hometown?

Cardec Martinez was born in Killeen, TX but was raised in Puerto Rico until I decided to move to Arkansas in 2001. I currently call Fayetteville, AR home.

Do you have family? Kids?

I am happily married with three wonderful children, two girls and a boy.

What does your typical day at work look like? Daily job duties?

As of right now I have 10 outstanding road technicians that I manage. I follow up every day with their job progress and help on any major repairs they might need me for. I also work with CROWN Infolink systems for Tyson, Walmart, and GLAD Manufacturing other small businesses in the area.

How long have you been with the company?

I have been with Hugg & Hall for 6 years now.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I get to talk to and meet new people daily, and everyday there is a different challenge so it is never boring.

Do you have a favorite memory while working at Hugg & Hall?

My favorite memories while working here have been the company potlucks for the holidays. Nice to break bread with colleagues and we are all family here.

Have you had other roles while working here? Did you work in the industry before Hugg & Hall?

Before Hugg & Hall, I worked as a Service Manager for Volvo Rents in Springdale. Prior to that, I worked in different companies such as Detroit Diesel, Caterpillar and in the trucking industries as a diesel technician.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy grilling and playing golf.

What is something that the people you work with might be surprised to know about you?

I primarily listen to country music, but have a mix of other music I enjoy as well.

 

Cardec is an essential part in keeping daily operations moving smoothly at Hugg & Hall. We are proud to have him on our team!  

Employee Spotlight : Chris Tilton

Meet Chris Tilton!

Chris Tilton works in our Springdale, Arkansas location and has been with Hugg & Hall Equipment Co. for over 6 years! Throughout the years Chris has held many positions within our company. Originally hired on as an equipment inspector, he quickly moved to a utility services technician, eventually becoming a shop service technician.

“I enjoy having the combined knowledge and safety of all our techs on-site! My favorite part of my job is when I get to fix something new to me.” explains Chris when asked about Hugg & Hall.

Chris was born and raised in Huntsville, Arkansas and continues to call it home to this day. He and his wife Lara share two beautiful children, a son and a daughter named Dalton and Rose! 

Outside of work, he enjoys playing with his kids, fishing, working on cars and shooting his guns. A little known fact about him is that he can play the piano!   

The company would like to send out a huge thank you to Chris Tilton for all of his hard work and dedication over the years, we are lucky to have you! If you are interested in starting your career with Hugg & Hall, visit our hiring site.

Employee Spotlight : Claude Martin

Meet Claude Martin!

Claude Martin – Delivery Department Manager

Martin works at the company’s Springdale, Arkansas location and has been with the company for 25 years! Martin has had a hand full of roles at Hugg & Hall during his career. He started out as a Rental Coordinator, eventually moving to Outside Rental Sales, then becoming the first Fleet Maintenance Coordinator in the company! 

Now,  Martin continues his journey with us as the Delivery Department Manager.  With Hugg & Hall having locations spanning three states, managing these delivery departments keeps him busy!

“I enjoy the day to day challenge of making things happen!” said Martin when asked about his favorite part of his position.

Martin is originally from Littleton, Colorado and moved to Arkansas in 1979. He and his wife share three beautiful daughters, five grand-kids, and one great grandchild! 

When asked about his family Martin said,  “I am so very proud of all of them!”     

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and being outdoors.  

The company would like to send out a huge thank you to Martin for all of his hard work and dedication over the years, we are lucky to have you! To start your own story visit our hiring site!