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Montana Kenworth dealer opens $4 million expansion


Thursday, August 5, 2010
The parts operation features a larger parts display area, nearly 5,000 square feet of additional parts warehouse space. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)
The parts operation features a larger parts display area, nearly 5,000 square feet of additional parts warehouse space. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)

BILLINGS, Mont. — Motor Power Equipment recently completed a major $4 million expansion of its full-service dealership here.

 A member of the Kenworth dealer network of more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada, Motor Power Equipment-Billings more than doubled its facility size to 60,000 square feet on 10 acres.

The service department area is more than 36,000 square feet in size and has 34 bays, including Kenworth PremierCare ExpressLube, quick repair and trailer bays. The dealership also has a five-ton overhead crane, mobile truck lifts, special OEM tooling to diagnose and repair critical components such as engines and transmissions, wireless fluid tracking system and a dedicated body shop.

The parts operation features a larger parts display area, nearly 5,000 square feet of additional parts warehouse space.

Amenities include a large driver’s lounge with a 55-inch LED flat screen television and data ports for notebook PCs, and a large training room for customer and employee use.

“We made a very significant investment to create a modern, state-of-the-art truck dealership, which will provide expanded customer support in new and used trucks, parts and service, and the body shop,” said Brian Sunwall, vice president of Motor Power Equipment, which also operates Motor Power Kenworth-Great Falls. 

“We also thought it was important from both a business and good citizen perspective to utilize energy-efficient technologies and construction methods,” said Sunwall, who noted that the facility was constructed with tilt-up concrete to reduce heating and cooling costs and polycarbonate clear overhead doors and skylights to add natural light and solar heat.

 “Customer response to our new facility has been very positive so far, and we had more than 650 customers attend our grand opening in June,” said Marilyn Sunwall, vice president of Motor Power Equipment, who coordinated the major construction project in conjunction with her son, Brian Sunwall. “Motor Power Equipment-Billings serves a wide variety of market segments, including food distribution, agricultural commodities, heavy equipment transportation, vocational and energy-related activities from Montana east of the continental divide and most of Wyoming.”

The dealership offers Kenworth PremierCare parts and service programs, and PACCAR Financial support through flexible retail loans, leases and insurance products for the transportation industry.

Motor Power Equipment-Billings is located at 4941 Midland Road near Exit 447 from Interstate 90. The dealership is open from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The phone number is (406) 252-5651 or toll-free (800) 332-7780. The dealer website is www.mtrpwr.com.

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

 

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