SAF-HOLLAND, a global manufacturer of trailer suspension and axle systems, truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear, and coupling products, announces that Rob Nissen, National Senior Service Manager, will be retiring from SAF-Holland, effective February 11, 2022. Nissen joined SAF-Holland (Holland Hitch) in 1993, as the General Service Manager. He’s held a variety of positions over his tenure, including a total of 22 years Directing Field Service, three years as Technical Service & Training Manager and four years as National Senior Service Manager. Rob is well respected and known industry wide as the fifth wheel coupling expert.
In 2015, Nissen was awarded the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Silver Spark Plug Award, the highest honor from the American Trucking Associations’ TMC. The Silver Spark Plug recognizes individuals in the industry who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of equipment, maintenance, industry-related technology, and management practices. He has served on the Mentor and Member Contact Committees and as a judge for the TMC SuperTech competition. And has been an active member of S.6 Chassis and Brake Systems and S.7 Trailers, Bodies and Material Handling Study Groups.
Nissen was instrumental in the development of numerous TMC recommended practices on topics including proper fifth wheel installation, wheel-end maintenance, safety chain maintenance, draw bar maintenance, pintle hook maintenance, upper coupler and kingpin maintenance, air ride maintenance, rear suspension inspection, ride height adjustment, trailer axle maintenance, and hooking up double trailers. “Rob’s loyalty and commitment to the SAF-Holland organization including his knowledge and experience will be greatly missed,” said Kent Jones, President – Americas. “We thank Rob for his outstanding contributions and leadership during his career at SAFHolland. We wish him well in his retirement.”
Prior to joining SAF-Holland, Rob worked for over 20 years in maintenance and service of trucks and trailers including six years in a family-owned garage servicing gasoline and diesel engines and trailers, seven years with Roadway Express, and seven years in maintenance management positions with Yellow Freight, Jones Transfer, Fineline Freightway, Leaseway, and ANR Freight Systems.