Thermo King dealerships have new owners

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Thermo King Corp. announced that its dealerships in Springfield, Mo., and Tulsa, Okla., were sold on Dec. 31 to John T. Cooper, a Springfield businessman, and R. Wayne Smith III, also of Springfield, who has been involved with the dealership for the last 15 years. The names for these dealerships have changed to Thermo King of Springfield and Thermo King of Tulsa, but the operations will remain in the same locations.

With the exception of family members of the prior owners, all of the previous employees remain with the new entities. Cooper, who is involved actively in the operation of other family businesses, will serve as president of the new dealerships, while Wayne Smith will be chief executive officer and responsible for day-to-day operations at both dealerships. Tim Fry, formerly of Wick’s Truck Trailers, will serve as operations manager for both locations, and Ricky Pierce will continue to oversee the Tulsa operation as general manager.