September 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. in North America. The company celebrated its Silver Anniversary milestone on Sept. 14 with a gathering of employees, key members of the community, local and state government officials and its business partners, as well as representatives of its dealer council and executives from its parent company, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., Kawasaki, Japan.
MFTA first opened its doors on Sept. 10, 1985, in Logan Township, N.J. In 1986, the fledgling company sold 89 commercial trucks and enlisted 41 new truck dealers. Four years later, MFTA introduced its first 4-wheel drive cabover. In 1993, the company constructed a $2 million parts warehouse facility in New Jersey , and in 1999 expanded into Canada.
By 2001, MFTA had sold 60,000 trucks across the United States and Canada. A year later, the company unveiled the FE Crew Cab designed to seat seven comfortably. The year 2004 saw a new line of FE and FG model (Class 3 through class 5) medium-duty cabover trucks, redesigned to provide added reliability and improved operator comfort and efficiency.
In 2007, the company introduced redesigned FK and FM models, and in 2009 expanded its operations once again – this time into Puerto Rico. The same year, MFTA signed its 200th dealer and celebrated 10 years of sales growth in Canada. Finally, in early 2010, as it approached its 25th anniversary, Mitsubishi Fuso delivered its 100,000th truck in North America.
“We and our parent company remain committed to the North American marketplace,” says Todd Bloom, president and chief executive officer of MFTA. “Plans are being developed now for the introduction of exciting next-generation products, and we continue to build a dealer network that takes great care of our customers. The future of MFTA here in North America is indeed bright.”