On April 19, Manheim Pennsylvania hosted 14 International Ambassadors and dignitaries to tour its facilities, learn about the remarketing business, and meet with local leaders and media. In all, five countries were represented, including Mongolia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Ukraine and Lithuania.
The Ambassador visit was initiated by Congressman Joe Pitts from Pennsylvania, as Manheim Pennsylvania is one of the largest employers in his district. This, coupled with Congressman Pitts’ interest in global business, sparked the Congressman’s return to Manheim Pennsylvania. He visited the auction several years ago and is passionate about highlighting local businesses, his community and opportunities for global business growth.
“It was great to bring ambassadors to Lancaster and show them a company that created a business model that has spread worldwide,” said Congressman Pitts. “I believe they were very impressed with the operations at Manheim and will relay this experience back to their fellow countrymen. The employees at Manheim were great hosts.”
“It was truly an honor to host Congressman Pitts, the Ambassadors and the diplomatic colleagues at Manheim Pennsylvania,” said Tim Van Dam, MVP and General Manager. “Our team did a great job preparing for this exciting visit, which included a tour of the reconditioning building, water conservation center, body shop and sale lanes, and of course lunch at our world-class restaurant. We not only made some new friends, we also saw opportunities to partner globally in the future.”
The Ambassadors also were given a “Behind the Scenes” look at how the auction readies vehicles for the sale. While having lunch, they had a chance to meet local leaders and ask questions about Manheim. They also had front row seats to Manheim’s biggest, weekly vehicle sale.