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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


ROBERT BLAIR LITE-CHECK LLC


BY RW STAFF


ABOUT YOU... Hometown: Spokane, Washington


Education: Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering, Iowa State


Spouse: Dorothy Children: Dan, Dave What was your first car? 1949 Plymouth Favorite color: Blue Favorite book: JohnGrisham novels Favorite ice cream flavor: strawberry I always...am in a hurry I’ve never...jumped out of an airplane


BlackBerry, Android or iPhone? Blackberry


What is the last thing you Goggled? Overseas Travel


What’s the last movie you saw in theaters? The Best ExoticMarigold Hotel


What is the farthest you’ve been from home? Europe, Russia, Central America Favorite vacation spot: Sandpoint, Idaho


If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pasta


YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE... Current Title: CEO of LITE-CHECK LLC


Why did you go into trucking? Challenge of developing products


What is the best piece of advice you ever received?Never stop learning


What is your business philosophy? Treat employees, vendors, and customers fairly


What is the biggest challenge currently facing the trucking industry? It is a constant balance of meeting customer needs and government regulations.


What improvements have you seen in the industry? There has been a general movement of adopting new technologies in both the office and on the equipment.


What are the greatest benefits of membership in the Motor Carriers of Montana? Networking with the members.


YOUR COMPANY... When was it started? How long has it been in operation? LITE-CHECK started in 1986 with a contract to supply brake and light testers to the State of California. Additional contracts with theUSMilitary and the Department of Energy expanded the product line and technology.


How many employees? 14 and growing


What are the challenges facing your business today? t is a challenge staying up with the technology being introduced on the vehicles.


What assets set your company apart from your competition? Over the 25 years, we have focused upon trailer brake and light


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testing. The LITE-CHECK diagnostic testers are a proven durable tool.Our products are used in vehicle manufacturing, inspections, and maintenance (birth to death) thru outNorth America.


LITE-CHECK products are the only devices as


a single tool for trailer lights, brakes, and ABS comprehensive diagnostics. Besides the on the spot information for the technician, the vehicle data can be collected for an electronic file and printed reports.


An important company philosophy is customer service. We recognize the technician relies on the LITE-CHECK and a rapid customer response is critical.


Where do you see growth coming from in the future? The vehicle technology will continue to develop requiring new tools and methods employing electronics. A developing need is a printed report containing the vehicle lighting, brake, and ABS conditions important for productivity, management, and compliance.


What is the most important service your company provides to fill a need in trucking? With demands of the economy, new technology, and regulations, LITE-CHECK is the shop’s best friend. RW


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