Who We Are

National Fleet Services is the preferred labor source for post-production vehicle customization services for North American fleets. We modify Ford, GM, RAM and other vehicle makes.

From frame piercing and chassis extensions to installing body and equipment, National Fleet Services is known for flawlessly executing complex and large scale vehicle modification services.

We relentlessly pursue the right solutions for our clients through exceptional modification engineering, quality and service. From conception to delivery - we lead the industry in quality production while exceeding customer delivery expectations.

 

Our Leadership Team

When you partner with us, you’re partnering with the best solutions experts, engineers and technicians in the industry. Every team within National Fleet Services is led by OEM veterans who have decades of experience. Every job is reviewed for safety, quality, and durability.

Our Founder

Founded in 1996 by Timothy P. LaRiviere, National Fleet Services began upfitting in Avon Lake and has since expanded to Detroit, Kansas City and St. Louis.

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“Our mission is to exceed our customers expectations, providing the highest quality, delivery and performance, while striving to acheive the best safety practices in our industry.”

Timothy P. LaRiviere
Founder, President & CEO

Sales & Customer Support


Lee Scafidi

Lee Scafidi
Executive Director of Operations

Lee joined NFS in 2017 after enjoying a career at Ford Motor Company, where he spent most of his time leading the Vehicle Special Order process for commercial and fleet vehicles. He was a high school and college referee for 30 years and enjoys running everyday.

Lee’s passion for fitness carries through in his work. As Executive Director of Operations, he manages all vehicle upfit operations and oversees all NFS locations. He is a problem solver and ready to assist fleet customers and upfitters with their unique needs. Lee’s myriad of experience in the vehicle industry allows him to provide creative and productive solutions, saving time, money, and effort without ever sacrificing quality.

313.300.2092
lscafidi@nationalfleetservices.com


James Konen

Jim Konen
National Sales Manager, East Region

Jim joined the NFS sales team in 2018 after retiring from UPS as Director of Maintenance and Engineering with 34 years of fleet experience. Jim is known for his ability to bring resolution to engineering, mechanical and electrical concerns on fleet equipment, resulting in improved reliability and reduced cost of ownership.

Jim possesses a multitude of experience in alternative fuel vehicles including Electric, Hydraulic, CNG, and Propone. Jim enjoys complex projects, like restoring vintage vehicles. Do you have a complex upfit? Jim is ready to help.

770.313.5492
jfkonen@nationalfleetservices.com


Robin Knuckey

Robin Knuckey
National Sales Manager, West Region

Robin has over 40 years of experience as a Fleet Manager with a very large and diverse fleet in the Telecom industry. He was responsible for all types of vehicle designs and upfits, from cargo vans to Class 8 vehicles, used both domestically and internationally.

Robin joined NFS in 2017 as a National Sales Manager to keep working in the industry he loves. He is also an ASE certified master vehicle and truck technician, and an FAA licensed pilot. In his spare time, he builds award winning custom cars and hotrods. Are you ready to go? Robin is ready to assist you.

602.565.9218
rknuckey@nationalfleetservices.com


Mike Bedard

Mike Bedard
Director of Marketing & Customer Engagement

Mike spent 35 years at Ford Motor Company, and 30 of those years were in Commercial Fleet Sales. With his passion and enthusiasm for the Commercial Fleet industry, Mike leads the marketing and communication efforts for National Fleet Services. Outside of the office, Mike enjoys boating, customizing cars and building motorcycles in his spare time.

Engineering & Operations


Patrick LaRiviere

Patrick LaRiviere
Executive Vice President of Engineering

Patrick is a seasoned engineering professional with over 11 years experience in manufacturing and business process improvement. His extensive automotive industry experience includes working as an Engineer at MAHLE and as a Senior Engineer at Tesla.

Joining NFS in 2019, Patrick is focused on continuous improvement and increasing production efficiency. Patrick is a competitive hockey player and continuously brings a level of energy and team spirit to the company.


Dhaval Kikani

Dhaval Kikani
Director of Engineering

Dhaval is a talented engineer with over 40 years of experience in vehicle engineering. Dhaval was a key member of the Ford team that established the Ford Quality Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program, which remains the industry standard for body modifier quality and safety.

Dhaval is a student of alternative fuels with lead on CNG, LPG, and all electrification technologies. Dhaval really enjoys his work at NFS and loves to take on new challenges. His mission is to tell our customers, “yes, we do that!”


Mary Ellen Rosenberger

Mary Ellen Rosenberger
Director of Manufacturing

Mary Ellen has a diverse and successful career as a leader in the automotive industry. She worked at PPG Industries, Ford Motor Company and now National Fleet Services. Working at PPG she developed 8 patents and received awards for the launch of many new products, especially the first waterborne basecoat technology now in use everywhere.

Mary Ellen took that experience to Ford where she helped launch the first three wet paint process globally, improving both the environment and quality. Mary Ellen received several awards while working her way through key management roles at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant, including Plant Manager before she joined NFS in 2015.

Mary Ellen enjoys challenges in the body modifier industry, calling on her extensive experience to bring a quality first manufacturing mindset on the production floor with on-time delivery of all customer vehicles.


DEAN CERIMELI

Dean Cerimeli
Director of Manufacturing

Dean joined National Fleet Services in 2019 after an 18-year career with U-Haul. Dean was the Director of Truck Product for U-Haul managing the largest US fleet with 130,000 vehicles.

During his career with U-Haul he managed OE engineering and production, specifications, project management, technical publications, OEM warranty, telematics, quality control, technical training and truck product repair. Dean served on Ford’s Fleet Advisory Board from 2008-2017. Dean is focused on the expansion of production and increasing process management within the company.

Locations

We have four locations, each in close proximity to the manufacturing location for efficient ship-through upfitting services.


Detroit, MI

Our Detroit plant supports Ford F-59 stripped chassis and Ford Ranger vehicle customizations. Starting in 2021, NFS now supports RAM Pickups and Chassis Cabs in this location, too.

10100 Grinnell Drive
Detroit, MI 48213

Call: (313) 923-1799


Kansas City, MO

Our KC facility is dedicated to Ford Transit and F-150 upfitting services… check out this Video Tour.

12600 NE 40th St. Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64161

Call: (816) 452-2500


Avon Lake, OH

Our flagship plant in Ohio supports Ford Cutaway, Medium Duty and Super Duty vehicle customizations.

607 Miller Rd
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Call: (440) 930-5177


St. Louis, MO

Our St. Louis location is dedicated to customizing Chevrolet Colorado, Chevy Express, and GMC Savanna vans.

1431 Kingsland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63133

Call: (313) 923-1799

Our safety and quality are
unsurpassed… Here's proof.


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ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFIED



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Ford QVM
Certified

Our locations in Detroit, Kansas City, and Ohio are all Ford Qualified Vehicle Upfitters (QVM) certified and have ship-through capabilities for multiple Ford vehicles.

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GM Ship-Through Facility

Our St. Louis location is in close proximity to Wentzville Assembly (VBK) and has ship-through capabilities for GMC Savanna, Chevy Express, and Chevy Colorado.



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Stellantis Ship-Through Facility

Our Detroit location has authorized Stellantis ship-through capabilities for RAM pickups, RAM chassis cabs, ProMaster City, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Cherokee.

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Learn more about our quality engineering, upfitting
and modifications services

 

“National Fleet Services has been our exclusive chassis upfitter for more than two decades. Thanks to creative processes, modern equipment and a great staff, their work is top-notch and delivered as promised. Always on time, always excellent quality. Look no further for your upfitting needs.”

Douglas R. Doan, Vice President

Cruise America/Cruise Canada Inc.

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