EAST CHATHAM — The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) Safety Maintenance Management Council acknowledged Michael Brutsch of East Chatham, a diesel technician for Kenworth Northeast Group Inc., with the New York State 2019 Statewide Golden Wrench Award during a virtual awards ceremony on Sept. 18.
The award was established to recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements and outside contributions of heavy diesel technicians who work behind the scenes to ensure commercial motor vehicles are safe on the road. Consideration for the award is given to those who exemplify professionalism, possess a commitment to safety as well as professional development, and set an example for others both in and outside their field.
Brutsch has been a technician for 45 years, eight of which have been with Kenworth, and holds multiple Automotive Service Excellence certifications as well as certificates for training from Paccar and Cummins. He has competed in the TANY SuperTech Competition bringing home first, second and third place category finishes. He is active in his community, serving on the vice president of the New Lebanon Central School Board.
Rick Crumlish, branch manager at Kenworth, said, “Mike is the go-to guy in the shop. If no one else can figure out the problem on the truck, it goes to him and he fixes it right the first time no matter what vehicle system is causing the symptom. He can apply his 45 years of experience to solve the most bewildering and intermittent complaints and problems.”
Five finalists of TANY’s Golden Wrench Award are recognized each year with one technician selected as the overall statewide winner.