FleetPride Inc., an independent aftermarket distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, announced that it is furthering the company’s long-term growth strategy by acquiring the assets of Mandal Truck and Trailer Inc. in Lathrop, Calif. This acquisition, terms of which were not announced, includes a lease of the 11,520-square-foot facility dedicated to truck and trailer parts and service, and brings the total number of FleetPride locations in California to 20. Mandal Truck and Trailer’s previous owner, Ed Castles, will stay on in the role of branch manager, and employment offers were extended to all employees.
Mandal Truck and Trailer is located along the Interstate 5 corridor and serves the agriculture industry in the San Joaquin valley, as well as high-tech companies, quarries, lumber mills and timber product producers in the foothills and mountains to the east. “Lathrop, California is a strategic geographic complement to our existing branch locations in the region,” says Steve Turnlund, regional manager for FleetPride, based in The Woodlands, Texas. “It strengthens our mid-California footprint by shortening the distance between our existing branch locations in the state and will be well-served from the Visalia distribution center.”
Acquiring Lathrop will allow for significant growth and product line expansion going forward, says Mike Paxton, vice president of business development and strategic planning. “Easy access to a broad array of heavy-duty truck and trailer products enables both our local and national customers to establish a local source for just-in-time inventory.”