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Employee Spotlight: John Blankenship

Location: Auto Truck St. Louis

Title: Installation Mechanic

Hire Date: September 11, 2017

Biggest Pet Peeve: Sagging pants. What’s up with that?

Favorite Movie: A River Runs Through It

Favorite Quote: Rambo, but Neil has started calling me “The Machine.”


What is a typical day at Auto Truck Group?

A typical day finds Howie and I building Union Pacific Yard Trucks on Colorado chassis. We build our wiring harness and then build up from there.

What do you like most about Auto Truck?

The thing I like most is the opportunity for travel. I enjoy working at our different locations and meeting others within the organization.

What advice would you give prospective employees?

Absorb all the info you can and NEVER back down from a challenge.

What has been your favorite project you worked on?

My favorite project was building high rail trucks with Scott in Fort Wayne.

As a kid what did you see yourself being when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a firefighter.

Before working at Auto Truck, what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?

Before joining Auto Truck Group I was a digital technician at Firestone and Dobbs.

If given a chance, who would you like to meet for a day?

Syd Barret. Who wouldn’t want to spend time with the creative spark that launched Pink Floyd into orbit?

What would you say are the top three highlights of your life?

  • Serving in the Military – U.S. Navy
  • Having the opportunity to travel over half the globe
  • Just being me

What do you like to do on your days off?

Hunt and fish. Some of my favorite childhood memories are hunting and fishing with my grandfather.

If you could meet anyone who would it be?

If I had a chance to go back in time I would go back and spend a day with my Grandfather. He was very influential in my early life.

Where would you like to travel?

Anywhere that I can learn its history. I would love to go back to England and check out Abbey Road.

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