History & Background
The idea of the Maintenance council was conceived by Jesse Cole in March of 1951.
Jesse had been in bus Transportation most of his life, and worked for Central Motor Lines as Maintenance Director. After being in the maintenance business for a while, he saw a need for a Maintenance Men’s Council as a way to exchange ideas and to discuss ways of solving problems in Safety and Maintenance.
Jesse felt that men of the industry, such as; owner/operators, maintenance personnel, shop foreman, parts supervisors, Law enforcement, vendors/salesman and others would be able to cohesively share and learn knowledge to help themselves and each other on maintenance issues.
The first meeting of the maintenance council was held on February 26th, 1954 at the Coach House Restaurant in Charlotte, NC. There were 25 men in attendance and J W Cole was elected as first President of the council, while Harry Munier was elected as secretary. The council was officially in order on June 29th, 1954 as an independent organization.
The first name the association agreed upon was the North Carolina Motor Carriers Association. But as time went by, the North Carolina Trucking Association approached the Council to see if they could piggy-back off of this council in order to gain membership and to offer a maintenance forum to their members.
Upon agreeing to let the North Carolina Trucking Association piggy-back off of the council, we remained an independent organization, but changed our name to: The North Carolina Trucking Association Maintenance Council. In November of 2012, we agreed to change the name from The North Carolina Trucking Association Maintenance Council to The North Carolina Transportation Maintenance Council.