Dan Sacconi has been named general manager of the new Fontaine Modification Vocational Services Truck Modification Center in Avon Lake, OH. According to the company, this facility is dedicated to modifying and upfitting Ford F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks that are built across the street at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant.
According to the company, Sacconi and his team have been busy preparing 19,000 sq. ft. of the new Fontaine Modification facility that is now operational, as well as gearing up to get the remaining 30,000 sq. ft. ready for additional Ford production later this year. Fontaine said it will use the facility to install all-wheel drive systems and a special tractor package for beverage fleets and other LTL/local delivery applications.
Fontaine noted that it will also make wheelbase changes and perform CNG tank upfits on F-650/F-750 trucks at the facility.
“Dan brings more than two decades of experience with truck modification, upfitting and facility management to his new position leading our Avon Lake truck modification center,” said Paul Kokalis, president of Fontaine Modification. “Under his leadership, the process of moving into the facility and preparing it for the first phase of production has gone smoothly, and we are excited to begin production in support of Ford and our mutual customers.”
According to the company, Sacconi had motor transport training during his seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps and formal training in motor fleet maintenance management at Wright State University. He previously served as a production manager for Volvo Trucks in Orrville, OH, and as an operations manager of a Reading Group upfit facility in Clinton, MD, the company added. Sacconi has spent more than 14 years with Fontaine Modification, serving as operations manager of the modification centers in Dublin, VA, and Garland, TX.