New Inventory: In Stock & Ready for Delivery

Leading the Industry in a New Way

New Mobile Yard Ramps: Ready to Ship

The Yard Ramp Guy proudly announces our latest innovation: We now have in-stock, ready-to-go inventory, available for immediate delivery.

This stock is a natural next step in the relationships we've established and grown over the years with our trusted manufacturers, informed by clear, honest communication and mutual trust.

We'll phase in this arm of our sales in three geographic stages⏤Central, Eastern, and Western United States. Our Central U.S. sales component is stocked (and actively selling!), with a selection of mobile hydraulic yard ramps and stationary dock ramps.

Your advantages are threefold:

  • Save Money on Cost. The Yard Ramp Guy's pricing is among the lowest in the nation.
  • Fast Delivery. With this new inventory in stock, you could literally place your order Monday, pay us Tuesday, and receive your yard ramp as early as Wednesday.
  • Save Money on Freight. With our yard ramps more geographically distributed, you're likely to find shipping locations much closer to your business.

The Yard Ramp Guy has you covered.

For example: our Central United States region includes four central depots⏤La Salle, IL; Platte City, MO; Toledo, OH; and Longview, TX.

As you'll see on the accompanying map, a 250-mile radius around each of those locations covers parts or most of 18 states.

That 250-mile radius translates into reduced delivery times and lower freight cost for your company.

As we soon launch our in-stock inventory at strategically located depots in the East and West coast regions, we'll soon have a vast majority of the country covered with accessibility, timeliness, and price point on new yard ramps.

This is all a natural extension, and terrific layering on top of our industry-leading sales and rentals of used mobile yard ramps and stationary dock ramps, which already has our inventory positioned within 250 miles of 90% of the U.S. population.

Stay tuned for more exciting details.


Note: As an essential business, The Yard Ramp Guy is listed in ThomasNet's COVID-19 Response Supplier guide.

 

This week, our man McCoy Fields digs back into his archives and applies his eccentric perspective screw and levers and kinematics and a guy named Franz.

Click HERE to be educated and amazed.

On Industry Partnerships

Communication and Trust. Rinse, Repeat.

When we needed a stationary dock ramp delivered to Morton Grove, Illinois, we immediately turned to NATCO, our trusted third-party logistics provider.

We've been working with NATCO nearly as long as we've been in business. We shared strong, clear communication right from the start, and the resulting mutual trust between our companies continues to provide the foundation for an excellent working relationship between our two companies.

When we say "companies" we mean the people we work with: Cori Eckley, NATCO's Vice President, along with Sharon Porter and ShaQuanta McCleary in dispatch and operations.

Here's an excellent example of why that strong communication and trust are so important. As our own Sales Coordinator Jim Kunze tells it:

"The truck was on its way north from Fort Worth. By the time the driver had reached Oklahoma City, his engine light started blinking. The trucking company sent out another tractor that day. They got it swapped out quickly enough, and their mechanical breakdown didn’t interfere with our schedule.

"It speaks well of the trucking company and of NATCO for their communication skills. NATCO has always been hands on. When there’s a problem, they do something about it. In this case, they gave us the new schedule."

Clear communication about that few hours of delay was particularly important for this delivery. We had arranged turnkey services for the customer, which means we had wrecker and install services that would be waiting.

The last things anybody wants are needless waiting or extra charges. None of that happened for this delivery because communication was so good, which means we were able to reschedule their arrival times. That involves enough advanced notice, which we were able to provide. A truck had mechanical problems. It happens. If anyone was inconvenienced, they certainly were not surprised.

Says Jim, "Sharon and NATCO are really good people. Even with the sheltering in place because of the coronavirus, they continue to provide the same service they normally give. They're simply not allowing it to interfere with the flow of their operations."

Our Morton Grove customer received and had unloaded and installed his stationary dock ramp⏤30,000-lb capacity, 84" wide, 36' long, and weighing some 7,500 pounds⏤thanks to communication and trust.


Our gratitude to Cori Eckley and Team NATCO for profiling us in their blog this week.

 

A Superb Coronavirus Resource Center

Law Firm Gets It Right

Yard Ramp Guy: Resource Appreciation
Her smile will return.

While the COVID-19 announcements—wash your hands, track your government money, and so on—are helpful and important reminders (repetition is essential to learning a new language), there is, admittedly, a bit of burnout.

How refreshing it was, then, when we found the Foley & Lardner LLP Coronavirus Resource Center.

Foley is a multinational law firm, with more than a thousand attorneys in 24 offices in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The firm's practice areas include corporate, government, intellectual property, and litigation, with dozens of specialized practices in its portfolio.

With its Coronavirus Resource Center, Foley highlights a business ethic that we've embraced since our own founding nearly a decade ago. When we're transparent and honest and continue to sincerely thank you for the opportunity to earn your business, everybody wins. Even if you don't end up doing business with us.

And so it is with Foley. If sometimes the best defense is a good offense, the firm has organized a marvelous primer and reference for preventing short- and long-term trouble.

Have a look at the page's above-the-fold information: the 50-State Tracker Resources for business and real estate interests, along with a deep dive into the CARES Act.

Click on any (and every one) of those links, and we go to in-house Foley website pages; the firm is not sending us away to get lost in the Internet funhouse.

That's best practices for many lead-generation business website; it's remarkable for a law firm, doing a public service.

For example: among the dozens of blog entries, all penned by people at the law firm, is a discussion of state tax withholding guidelines for telecommuters. (What are the laws for employees, now working from home, who live in a state other than their employer's location?)

Seems the firm is providing a growing omnibus of means to prevent legal troubles down the road.

Kudos to Ann Marie Uetz, Partner at the firm, who put together this smart strategy and valuable resource.

Wash you hands.

Jeff Mann
Founder and President


Note: As an essential business, The Yard Ramp Guy is listed in ThomasNet's COVID-19 Response Supplier guide.

 

New Angles on Leasing Yard Ramps

Keeping Cash on Hand

The Yard Ramp Guy: Saving Money
Strategy to Optimize Your Cash on Hand

Our trusted friend Gary Evonsion at Crest Capital forwarded us a fascinating angle on the financing landscape for business in this uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic. From a recent blog entry:

"With many businesses forced to shut down for a few weeks, it’s only normal that some companies put expansion or improvements on hold for a bit.

"And while no lender...is unaffected by this, I have noticed a distinct new business borrower who has suddenly come out of the woodwork: the successful 'we have money in the bank and an excellent credit score' company that doesn’t need equipment financing, but is doing it right now to preserve their cash reserves."

That approach informs what a number of their customers describe as getting "the equipment now while keeping your cash reserves in the bank for other things.”

Scott Hirz, Account Executive for ACG Equipment Finance, handles our financing program. "Conserving cash is always the name of the game," he says, "no matter what the economy is."

Financing a mobile yard ramp or stationary dock ramp benefits your business in a number of ways:

  • You gain immediate use of the ramp, one that meets your specs and requirements.
  • You have greater flexibility, with fewer restrictions, than typical bank loans.
  • Your ledger can better absorb the cost of a yard ramp over time with a payment plan.
  • Tax advantages (especially the Section 179 deduction): In most situations, you'll be able to deduct the full cost of a yard ramp as a business expense.

The Section 179 deduction is especially attractive for businesses. For 2020, you can deduct up to $1,040,000 for equipment purchases (including yard ramps).

In good times, and in these uncertain times, all of this can help your company keep more cash on hand for working capital.

Stay safe. To your health.

Jeff Mann
Founder and President

This week, our man McCoy Fields digs back into his archives to honor the truck drivers, who are keeping our supply chain as regular as they are able in tough times⏤in part by knowing how to use a runaway truck ramp.

Click HERE to experience McCoy's angle.

The Yard Ramp Guy for Troubled Times

Humbly, we're reposting an entry this week from our man McCoy Fields.

Jeff Mann
Founder and President


YRG Response During coronavirus

My friend Jeff Mann, the true Yard Ramp Guy, is honest as the day is long. He's also humble, which means ⏤ beyond the necessary marketing campaigns to keep competitive in the industry ⏤ he might not readily draw attention to himself or his business.

I, McCoy Fields, am not so humble. That's why I'm proud to share with you just a bit of what Jeff and his team are doing in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has so quickly altered our landscapes and disrupted our world.

There's a difference between what we can see and what we can't. COVID-19 is invisible to the naked eye, an insidious, lethal virus that does not discriminate, that transmits from person to person through proximity, breath, and touch. It's a frightening thing with all-too-often devastating results. A yard ramp is a tangible three tons of steel: an incline with purpose and utility.

The clamping off of much of the country to limit transmission of coronavirus is having devastating effects. The alternative is worse. Essential businesses continue to operate. That's why the supply chain keeps our grocery stores stocked. And that's why The Yard Ramp Guy continues to sell and rent its inventory.

Yard ramps classify as essential tools to emergency service and product providers combatting the pandemic. The Yard Ramp Guy has placed ramps at Coronavirus Emergency Distribution staging sites and rented a ramp to a hospital in New York City ⏤ sadly, to provide access to refrigeration trucks serving as temporary morgues. I've known more life-affirming examples. Yet this is important and, yes, essential.

The Yard Ramp Guy is listed in ThomasNet's COVID-19 Response Suppliers.

In good times and bad, Jeff's yard ramps are workhorses, functioning without complaint to help movement between points.

I've never been prouder of my friend Jeff and his team.

Stay safe and be well.