WATERLOO, Iowa — Harrison Truck Centers has acquired Westman Freightliner, a heavy- and medium-duty truck dealership, President and CEO Brian Harrison said November 18.
Westman Freightliner, with operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, runs four full-service dealerships in Mankato, Faribault, Fairmont and Marshall, Minnesota, offering Freightliner, Fuso and Autocar-branded trucks. With this acquisition Harrison Truck Centers – owned and operated by Brian Harrison, Chief Operating Officer Chad Harrison and Chief Financial Officer Dustin Petersen – has increased the total number of its full-service dealerships to seven in Iowa and Minnesota. As part of the acquisition, Harrison Truck Centers has also acquired Westman parts locations, operating as ProMaxx Truck Parts, in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“We are guided by our family-owned values and saw those same values in the impressive enterprise (Westman President) Butch Westman built, which made Westman Freightliner a good fit for the expansion of our Midwest operations,” said Brian Harrison. “This acquisition will greatly increase the scale of our business, which will allow us to better serve our customers while building upon the strengths of our employees.”
The acquisition of Westman adds Fuso and Autocar brands to the existing Harrison Truck Centers product portfolio and will allow Harrison Truck Centers to offer its customers comprehensive fleet management services through its NationaLease options, the company reported, adding that Harrison Truck Centers now has a full-service presence in 55 Iowa and 21 Minnesota counties. In addition, with the acquisition of the ProMaxx Truck Parts locations, which are members of the HDA TruckPride network, Harrison’s customers will benefit from even more competitive parts pricing, a company news release stated.
“Harrison Truck Centers and Westman Freightliner have very similar customer- and employee-focused business philosophies,” said Westman. “We have been a family company since day one, and we are pleased that it will remain that way as part of Harrison Truck Centers.”
Harrison Truck Centers plans to retain all Westman Freightliner employees, Brian Harrison said, bringing the total number of Harrison Truck Centers employees to over 400.
“We look forward to beginning our work with the Westman team,” said Brian Harrison. “We’ve had great success integrating and growing our Des Moines Freightliner full-service dealership since we acquired it just over a year ago. We expect to see the same results with this new expansion.”
As part of the acquisition, Harrison Truck Centers has promoted Mike Wester to general manager of operations for Iowa and Minnesota; he will be responsible for overseeing the integration and transition of all Westman Freightliner operations. Tyler Westman will serve as regional general manager of the full-service dealerships in Minnesota and all ProMaxx Truck Parts locations.
Harrison Truck Centers is an Elite Support Certified Freightliner and Western Star truck and Glider Kit dealer. Family owned since 1997, Harrison Truck Centers offers parts and service, new and used truck sales, and collision repair at its locations in Des Moines, Waterloo and Clear Lake, Iowa.
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