Working Show Truck Of The Month: Jimmy Rennick, Jr. / Metropolitan Recycling
By Robert Conrad
Recycling has become an important part of life in our country as we try to "go green" and keep our environment as healthy as possible. We are striving for a cleaner and healthier earth for future generations and recycling is just one of the steps we need to take to make that a reality. Our January Working Show Truck belongs to a company that just happens to know a thing or two about recycling themselves. NY-based Metropolitan Recycling operates a fleet of 70 trucks & trailers and they service New York City's 5 boros as well as Long Island. Their showstopping 2000 Mack RD roll-off was a bit of a recycling project itself. The truck was a plain Jane, white rental unit that was for sale and Jimmy Rennick Jr. and the boyz at Metropolitan "recycled" this old Mack and have transformed it into the impressive unit you see here in our feature.
The truck has over 402,000 miles on it but it looks as if it just rolled out of the showroom. Power comes from a Mack 350 engine that's paired with an 8LL transmission and 44 rears. The truck has custom features from front to back including an angle-cut bumper with grille guard and lower light and license plate panels, a "scoop" air cleaner, polished tanks, and a set of straight pipes for that big rig sound! All of the rims are fully polished and the truck also has custom toolboxes under the body, rear stainless light bars, and louvered stainless mudflap weights all across the rear. The white cab has been accented by painting the roof, fenders, and roll-off body a rich-looking burgundy red that can be found on Metropolitan's other trucks. This Mack lights up the night as well as the early morning hours thanks to all of the extra lights that have been added as well as the custom light bar with strobes behind the cab.
Jimmy Rennick Jr. is only 46 but has 28 years of experience under his belt. He said his most memorable experience was when he was just 6 years old. He would sit on his dad's lap and steer & shift his dad's 1966 White milk truck for Silvercrest Farms thru the streets of New York City. After 40 years of driving, Jimmy said that memory remains with him and got him started in trucking at an "early" age. He wanted to send his thanks out to Gregory Bianco.
Metropolitan Recycling has certainly recycled this old Mack into a "new" truck and is using it along with the rest of their fleet to help keep the streets of New York clean. Their pride in their equipment shows, and Jimmy Rennick, Jr. keeps this roll-off shining no matter what season it might be! "Striving Toward A Cleaner Tomorrow" is written on the sides of the hood, and if Metropolitan Recycling has their way, the streets of New York will be as clean as their trucks are! Congratulations to Metropolitan Recycling and Jimmy Rennick Jr. for kicking off 2013 in style as our January Working Show Truck of the Month.