I'm not sure how this is going to turn out, so stay with me.
Yesterday one of our FAE's asked what the difference is with the McLube and Prizm lubes for use on the ladder slides. I told him they are basically the same, a high load PTFE based lube, and he could use either one. (we use and supply the McLube)
When I asked why, he said that he read the maintenance brochure on the SP95 when it was new, and it required the "Prizm" lube for the ladder slides. Now that he changed stations, he is on the SP70 (which was built and delivered at the same time as the SP95 was), and read it's maintenance brochure, and found that it requires the McLube on the ladder slides. He wanted to know why the difference when both were built by Sutphen, and built at the same time. I kinda questioned it mentally, and told him I would find out.
I had to go to where the SP95 was, and figured I would check its book. Sure enough, it recommended something different (the Prizm). Luckily, the Capt. was there with me going over it, and was curious as to what I was looking for. I told him what and why, and couldn't figure out why 2 trucks built at the same time, requested/required 2 different lubes.
He gave me a kicker I wasn't expecting, and still having a hard time believing.
He told me that one truck was Union built, and the other wasn't. But wasn't sure which was which. (enter lengthy conversation here)
Before I left, I called the other station asking if they heard about one truck being Union built, and the other not. (just in case I was being HAD). The Capt said he had heard that, but wasn't sure if it was true or not.
So, does Sutphen build Union and Non-Union trucks???
If I've been "punk'd", I want to know about it.
sorry for the long post.
Well No You haven't been punk'd
Sutphen does/did have union and non-union shops. I do believe that Towers is Union (SP70) and Corporate is non-union (SP95). I am not sure about the chassis plant nor the Sutphen East plant. This information may be old and incorrect.
If you want to know some personal observations of the operation PM me. I want to be a god upstanding union man and good salesman and not cast disparaging remarks about any manufacturer.