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Tom Bylenga, President of Star Truck Rentals, Inc. elected to the Board of Directors for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Star Truck Rentals Honored for Efforts to Recycle Flint Water Bottles

FLINT (WJRT) - (11/14/16) –


Three businesses were honored Monday for their efforts to recycle the millions of bottles that have been generated by the Flint water emergency.

For the past 11 months, water bottles have been the main way Flint neighbors have been able to get uncontaminated water. The Association of Plastics Recyclers is giving a pat on the back to the businesses that have been able to keep many of the bottles out of landfills.

Schupan Recycling, Metro Sanitation Services and Star Truck Rentals have been working together to collect, store, transport and process Flint water bottles for recycling, but they need more cooperation from those who use the bottles to get them to recycling centers.

Water bottles can be shredded and made into sound insulators in engine manifold covers.

“These are where the water bottles are going within the vehicle, the Chevy Equinox,” said John Bradburn, of General Motors.

The water bottles can be insulation in winter suits for the homeless and used in air filters, but it’s estimated only 25 percent of the water bottles used in Flint are being recycled.

“Unless we do more to capture these materials, we’re just letting them to go to waste,” said Kerrin O’Brien, of the Michigan Recycling Coalition.

“It’s incredibly frustrating and yes we can do better,” said Roger Cargill, of Schupan Recycling.

For the most part, Flint only has small recycling bins for homes.

“We need to deliver curbside recycling carts to every Flint household so that they can continue effectively. We can really recycle 50 to 70 percent of the city’s waste if we give opportunities to all the residents of Flint,” O’Brien said.

Every water distribution center in Flint takes back empty water bottles that are in clear plastic bags, which are provided when the water is picked up.

2016 Al Kessel Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

August 19,2016

The 2016 Outstanding Business Partner, Star Truck Rentals, is celebrating 150 years of business. Originally organized as Star Baggage Co., there really was a Mr. Star in the 1860s for whom the company was named, but not much is known about him. In 1916, brothers Harry, Peter and Andy Bylenga purchased the company with money borrowed from their mother. Then brothers Ed and Connie became involved, making it a true family affair. Today, five generations of the Bylenga family take part in running the company with William Bylenga serving as CEO, Tom Bylenga as president and David Bylenga as VP.

new-Bylenga-Family-Star-Truck-ownersWhat now is a 17-branch-office operation began with several horses and wagons engaged in the hauling of baggage to and from the train depot. Today, Star is principally engaged in the long-term lease and short-term rental of light- and heavy-duty over-the-road trucks, as well as general truck repair and fleet maintenance. Star has been affiliated with the National Truck Leasing System for 30 years and is the oldest Michigan member. The company recently was honored by the American Truck Historical Society in recognition for its years of service to the trucking industry.

Nominated by MGA associate member Lipari Foods of Warren, Michigan, Star enjoys a business relationship with many MGA members, including Arctic Glacier, Cherry Capital Foods, Country Fresh/Dean Foods, H.T. Hackney, Lipari Foods, Mondelez International, Prairie Farms and Superior Foods. In addition, Star gives back to the community in many ways, including by providing truck donations for the Family Promise homeless shelter, Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts and the Traverse City Cherry Festival along with providing financial donations to Feeding America, Michigan Colleges Foundation, Rotaries Foundation and numerous other organizations.

“Both the Leppink and the Star Truck families have made significant contributions to Michigan’s food industry,” said Gobler. “They are active in the association and have earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and customers throughout the state and beyond. The awards are well-deserved recognition.”

The awards will be presented at the MGA Fall Conference on Sept. 18 at Boyne Highlands Resort in Michigan.

Full Article can be read at http://www.theshelbyreport.com/2016/08/19/leppinks-food-centers-recognized-as-michigans-2016-outstanding-retailer/


Star Truck Rentals, Inc. Moves to Fusion

Posted 6/3/2015

Karmak, Inc., profit improvement specialists for the heavy-duty transportation industry, is happy to announce that Star Truck Rentals, Inc. has signed to move to Fusion as their business management system.

For over twenty years, Karmak has been a proud partner of Star Truck Rentals.  Karmak and Star started their partnership in 1994 when Star purchased the INFO5 business management system.  Karmak shares in Star’s excitement in their move to Fusion.  Bill Healy, Karmak President and CEO states, “We are pleased to continue our long standing partnership with Star Truck Rentals and are excited about their choice to move to Fusion.”

Karmak Fusion is the premier business management system in the heavy-duty transportation industry.  This full end-to-end Windows and SQL Server-based solution was built using best practices drawn from Karmak’s more than 30 years of experience specializing in the industry.

Star Truck Rentals is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with 18 locations spanning all of Michigan and into Indiana.  Star is a major player in the Lease/Rental and truck repair marketplace with over 3000 commercial accounts, many of which are Fortune 500 companies.  Their affiliation with NationalLease takes Star Truck Rental to more than 700 locations across the US and Canada.  Star Truck Rentals was purchased by the Bylenga family in 1916.  Next year they will be celebrating 100 years of family ownership and over 150 years in business.  For more information about Star Truck Rentals, visit www.startruckrentals.com

Karmak, Inc. is a leading provider of business management solutions for the industry, offering a unique approach combining innovative technology, strategic advice, and best practices.  Our success programs produce measurable results by improving ROI, mitigating risks, and achieving operational excellence.  For more information, visit www.karmak.com.

December 14, 2012

Star Truck Rentals, Inc. hopes you will take a moment to open the link below and learn about our growth in the Greater Detroit area.
Grand Rapids truck rental firm announces Detroit area acquisition

December 28, 2011

Tom Bylenga, President of Grand Rapids-based Star Truck Rentals, Inc., has been elected Chairman of the Board of the National Truck Leasing System (“Nationalease”), Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Founded in 1944 and operating more than 600 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, Nationalease is the largest truck leasing organization in North America.

March 1, 2011

Star Truck Rentals Inc., a NationaLease member, is featured in the February 2012 issue of FleetOwner magazine discussing regulatory challenges in the truck leasing industry. Dave Bylenga, Executive Vice President, says, “Trucking equipment is getting better all the time in some respects, but it’s increasingly complex and expensive to maintain, in part because of ongoing regulatory activity,” he explains. “When it comes to regulations, we always wonder what’s next. Sometimes we worry more about how the government will impact our business than about our competition.”

Please read the full article at: http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/regulatory-challenges