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Jumping Jack Tent Trailers ON SALE!

We’ve said it before & we’ll say it again. You can have a lot of #FunWithAHitch. But the Jumping Jack Tent Trailer is super-special. It’s a tent trailer built to last that can carry along all of your camping gear, a kayak or two, or a 4-wheeler or two, and then when you arrive, it turns into a comfy tent for four in about 5 minutes.

Got that? We’ll wait while you read it again. OR JUST STOP IN! It’s as good as it sounds, and right now we have two – JUST 2! – on our lot. They’re clearance priced because our regular trailer inventory is about to grow astronomically. So… if you want a great tent trailer at the best price you’ll see anywhere, COME SEE US NOW. These sweet Jumping Jack  tent trailers won’t last.

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See specs on our website – 6×8′ utility trailer turns into a sturdy, comfortable 5×8 tent – in just about 5 minutes. Stop in, let us show you how.

See our Facebook page for more ways you can have #FunWithAHitch.

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Trailer Construction Matters, Part 1: Atlas Trailers

Atlas Specialty Trailers is one of JTI’s valued partners, and the company has been for years. Built in Elkhart, Indiana, the trAtlasCargoailers come in a wide variety of sizes, with options galore. (We’re not kidding. There are about 18 pages of options in the 2015 catalog. We’d love to discuss them with you!)

Atlas aims to be the best value trailer – meaning when you buy an Atlas, you should expect it to work hard, for a long time, and look good doing it.

Why? It’s largely due to the way the company manufactures them.

Galvanic Corrosion, and Why Trailer Construction Matters

As we explain to our customers, Atlas trailers tend to wear very well.  Here’s one reason why: Most trailers have aluminum skin on the outside and steel on the inside. When those two metals Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 11.44.01 PM(with very different properties) sit side by side, galvanic corrosion happens.

What is galvanic corrosion? (It’s not rocket science, but NASA makes it sound like that.)

Basically, when the two different metals are in contact and any moisture enters the mix (or your trailer), it starts to rust and break down – quickly. Atlas separates the two metals with a thin dust barrier that helps reduce moisture and almost completely eliminates contact points between steel and aluminum components.

Why you’ll care: After a couple of years, a trailer without such a barrier that has been used (or stored) outside will likely develop pit marks and other degradation. Atlas trailers look new, and maintain their structural integrity, much longer.

Trailers for the Long Haul

We sell a lot of trailers, both new and used, and Atlas isn’t the only manufacturer that makes long-lasting trailers. (We’ll cover important manufacturing information about Load Rite, Parker, Performance, and other brands in future posts.) The point is that trailer construction really does matter, in many ways, for many years after your purchase.Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 11.44.26 PM

The experienced team at JTI knows trailers, inside and out. We’ll help you find one that suits your purpose and your budget, and that will be productive for you for the long haul. Take a look at our inventory online, call us at 440.232.4311 or stop in to our Oakwood Village showroom, just off I-271 between Bedford and Northfield Village. Trailer manufacturing matters and the available options may astound you. We can help you find the trailer that’s exactly what you need. ________________________________________________________________________

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsDid you know? While today we sell trailers from a variety of different manufacturers, JTI got its start by making trailers. (Way back in 1935!) Later this year, we’ll begin manufacturing trailers again. Follow along as we roll with the changes: we’re on Twitter @JTI_Inc and Facebook and would love to connect there.  ________________________________________________________________________


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Show the Snow Who’s BOSS and SAVE BIG! Clearance Sale

Looking for the best prices on Boss Snowplow parts? Need to replace a blade?

Boss Snowplow Blades and Parts Inventory Clearance!

We are liquidating our inventory of Boss plow blades (only a few left) and also have a variety of parts on hand. THIS IS AN INVENTORY CLEARANCE: trust us, you will not see lower prices (we checked).

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STB 15020 – Boss 7’6″ Standard Duty Straight Blade $578. 19

STB 03165 Plow box $2161.00

————————————The pair $2739.19

Call quick if you’re interested! 440.232.4311

Best Boss Deal in Cleveland!

Also, many parts. Need something for your boss plow? We just might have it. Winter’s only half over, folks. And in Northeast Ohio – that *probably* means we’ll be getting some more snow.

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JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsPeople who rely on their trailers (and hitches, and plows) rely on JTI. Please stop in to our Oakwood Village showroom, just off I-271 between Bedford and Northfield Village, or call 440.232.4311. We’d love to help you.
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New to Trailering? Start Right, Start Safe

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If you’re planning to start towing a boat, camper, snowmobile, Jetski, or any kind of cargo, or if you are familiar with towing but new to Ohio’s laws regarding trailers, please know that JTI welcomes your questions.

Our business began in 1935. With several decades of experience with all types of trailers, repairs and maintenance, chances are we can help you with anything you need.

Safety is our primary concern, but we don’t try to scare our customers. If you don’t understand how a certain part of your trailer operates, or are unsure how it should be used and maintained, we haven’t done our job. On the other hand, trailers are our job. So if you have any questions or concerns about trailer operation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How Cleveland Rolls: Is Your Trailer for Work or Play? 

In Greater Cleveland, we have clients who are landscapers by day and campers by night. Snow plowers and snowmobile enthusiasts when it’s cold, and waterskiers when the lake warms up. In other words, our customers use different types of trailers in different conditions. That’s life on the North Coast.

No matter what you’re towing, you need to make sure that you’ve got the right equipment, and that it’s in good working order (even the parts you can’t see).  Schedule a stop into our showroom to meet our team, ask any questions you might have, and check out our many accessories. From safety apparel and eyewear to gloves, straps, tarps, rain gear, and other gear, we have a broad selection of items that can make your job easier and your hobby more enjoyable.

New Trailer in Ohio?

We’re trailer experts, and happy to take your questions. However, some things you probably should get straight from the state. Ohio’s BMV site covers the most frequently asked questions regarding titling vehicles (including trailers) in the Buckeye state.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMWhat do you use your trailer for? Work, play, or both? We love to see our customers in action. Share photos of you and your trailer (at work or play) and we’ll give you a shout out on our Facebook or Twitter page. Stop in or call with questions: 440.232.4311 

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Snowmobile image courtesy of Ohio State Parks, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


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Top 5 Ways To Use Down Time At Work

When you do have small gaps in business during the day? As a manager, those times are excellent opportunities to engage with your employees.

Here are 5 things you can do to motivate your staff:

  • Genuinely ask how they are: If they feel you care; they will care. By understanding what what is important to your employees, you can learn what motivates their work. There is a fine line between personal and TOO personal, but you as a manager CAN manage that. (Note: Ask to know enough, don’t ask to get involved.)
  • Buy them lunch: Don’t just give them lunch; sit with them, talk to them, listen to them. Lunch is supposed to be a fun time, though – so, make sure you don’t “cramp” their style in a way that makes anyone uncomfortable because you are there.  Be genuine. Even though yours is a manager/employee relationship, you’re co-workers. Remember that.
  • Give them a break: Make it a productive break from work. Say you’ll step in for 5 minutes. This gives employees on the frontline a break, so they won’t have to produce and/or interact with customers, but they’ll still be present to learn something new. It’s a perfect opportunity to role-model, and to gain insight into how you might improve operations.
  • Give them another break: A real break! Let an employee take a walk, get outside, breathe some fresh air, sit in the office and stare at the wall… whatever it is, it’s time to re-group, re-charge, and re-energize in a positive way.
  • Be ready: For those down times, you can be pro-active and have a list of small things that you NEED to review with your employees.  You may need to mention something important, train for an upcoming marketing campaign, or plant a seed of advice. Whatever it is, keep it positive.

When it comes down to it, all time should be productive, and down time spent re-charging is productive. It ultimately impacts overall productivity in a positive way. Stay positive, be a good leader of your team, and always strive to be better as a team.

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At JTI, wScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMe try to follow this advice every day. Would you like to work here? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when we’re hiring, or check our website for openings.)


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The 5 BEST Ways To Avoid Slow Times In Your Business

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The worst thing you can have in any industry is a lull in business. Or is it? You never want to leave your employees with no work to do (not only is it financially stressful, it’s also hard on employee morale). On the other hand, knowing how to productively fill downtime is great for business and for employee satisfaction.

Here are 5 SIMPLE tips to avoid slow business times.

  1. Don’t forget the fundamentals: Customer Service should ALWAYS be your greatest priority.  Think of it this way: For every bad customer experience, you will lose 7-21 customers.  People rarely discuss good experiences (see below), but ALWAYS discuss bad experiences.
  2. Give more than what is expected: With every customer, give them more than they expect: use eye contact, try to learn and remember their name, shake their hand when appropriate, and listen for those little things that will mean a lot to them… and give it to them. Customer Service studies show that it is small things that make a difference: gift wrapping, a consistent smile; a personal phone call reminder, etc. Be creative, it will set you apart from others. Got a lull in business? Call a client you haven’t seen in awhile. “I was wondering how things are going, and wonder if there’s anything we can help you with,” are truly magic words.
  3. Think ahead: if there is a sale and/or service that you provide for your customers; schedule them at the original point of sale.  Hair salons are best at this, when the client is paying, they schedule their next appointment. At JTI, we know when your trailer will need to be serviced based on your business, so we will pre-schedule your service appointment so you do not have to remember. We’ll give you a personal call to remind you, as well, the day before.
  4. Keep your customers interested: Social media engagement, blogging, and/or a newsletter; catered specifically to your brand, posted and sent on a consistent and regular basis will nurture your customer relationships. If anything it is a friendly reminder that says, “Yes, we are still here, and ready for your business whenever you may need us.”
  5. Give Back: Schedule events and personally invite your customers.  They can be fun, educational, and possibly an exhibition of new products and/or services.  Plan to have seasonal events that are all unique. The more you have events, the greater your loyal customer base will be.

BONUS TIP >>> Always say Thank You! if your customers did not exist, your business would not exist.

Thank you for reading our blog!

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At JTI, wScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMe value our customers and employees, and try to follow this advice every day. Would you like to work here? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when we’re hiring. (Hint: we’re hiring now!)

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Building Your Snow Plow Business

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Today: Building your Snow Plow Business

We see guys come in everyday during the long Cleveland winter looking cold, weary, and very overworked.

How can you make snow plowing both lucrative & non-stressful? In order of business development, start with number one and grow to number three. As a business owner, always have the point of view of making life easy and growing your business.

  1. Build a Team: Get two to three other guys in your truck. At each location you can rotate roles. Get a manual salt spreader and a shovel. Take turns for each location. Having other hands will also keep you company. Have someone in charge of tracking the locations. All you will have to do is drive the truck and do the large snow pushing; which we all know is the fun part. Don’t forget to assign each crew member their designated donut days.
  2. Take Charge of a Crew: Instead of you doing the driving and the plowing, build your accounts so that you can sit in your warm office and assign jobs to your crew of 1-2 trucks. Build slowly by focusing on sales, customer relations, and marketing. You will have to stop on customer sites once per day to check on your crew’s work and check in with customers as necessary.
  3. Build a Fleet:  Now you have 50-100 accounts, you have managed 1-2 trucks, it’s time to build your business. Expand to doing all of the sales and marketing for 4-6 trucks. You are now even paying someone else to do the job you were doing in #2. You are the CEO and you manage the manager who is managing the crew. Next steps would be to hire someone to do the sales and marketing, BUT, sometimes business owners stop here because they like to stay in touch with the business.

Business growth is up to you. You are more than capable of growing your business each year. This could represent a high level three year plan for you. As long as your point of view is always as the leader with a drive to grow you can achieve this. Have confidence that not everyone is taking the time to think like this so you have one leg up in the game.  Call us at JTI anytime for expert business growth advice; we are always available for that conversation. As you grow; we grow. We’ll be there for you anytime you have business growth questions.

Be safe snow plowing! Stay Warm!

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Got questioScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMns? We know plows, hitches, spreaders…and how crazy the business can be. Call 440.232.4311 or stop in to talk to our experienced team. Time to add a plow to your fleet? We sell new and used. Check out our inventory online or in person.