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2020 Year End Review

For the entire world, 2020 brought along with it many challenges.

As we turn the corner to 2021 – with hopes of the global pandemic ending, an effective vaccine, and a return to normalcy – we want to highlight some inspiring milestones that happened at Area Diesel Service with the employees that kept things running smoothly throughout this challenging year.

In July, we gathered – at a social-distance – to toast our achievement of recommendation for ISO 9001:2015 certification.

President, Val Leefers, pops the champagne to toast Area Diesel Service's sucess.President, Val Leefers, pops the champagne to toast 
Area Diesel Service's success.

Proving that we have established and maintained a quality systems management system for the provision and re-manufacture of parts and services for turbochargers, diesel fuel injection systems, and diesel engines for automotive, truck, agriculture, construction, and marine industries.

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center – IMEC wrote about our certification and featured the story online on their IMEC Client Successes page.  Linda and Von Leefers discussed the achievement on the Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie podcast. And our ISO 9001:2015 recommendation announcement was covered in a previous blog post. 

Eventually, we received our official ISO 9001:2015 certificate and registration number.

Three generations of leadership. (L to R) Area Diesel Service, Inc.
President, Val Leefers, Manager, Tyler Leefers, and
Vice President, Von Leefers. 


Area Diesel Service, Inc. also maintains a system to recognize years of service achievements of our employees.  An employee is recognized at five-year milestones for consecutive years of employment.

Employees are awarded a gold pendant in the shape of the company’s logo at their five-year anniversary, which is upgraded with diamond accents at specific intervals of service years.  They are also awarded a monetary amount to recognize their accomplishment.

Technician, Nancy Mundy, with her five-year milestone pendant.


Thirty-Five Years of Service – Gary Harding (1983), Manuel Gomez (1984) & Von Leefers (1985)

Twenty Years of Service – Duane Daugherty (1999)

Fifteen Years of Service – Rick Shade (2003), Josh Harding (2005) & David Rhodes (2005)

Ten Years of Service – Curtis Owens (2010) & Eli Ward (2010)

Five Years of Service – Nancy Mundy (2014)