Kenworth expands southern Illinois dealership footprint

Updated Oct 3, 2012

CIT Group Inc. announced it has opened a new location in southern Illinois in Troy, 19 miles east of St. Louis. The full-service facility, known as CIT Kenworth of Southern Illinois, is located on eight acres at the new Troy exit off Interstate 55, providing easy access to I-70/I-270. The opening of the new dealership is part of a two-phase project that began last year with the opening of a parts-only location 12 miles west of the new facility.

The 33,000-square-foot dealership features 16 service bays, and the parts department includes a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and 1,750 square feet of display area. A drivers’ lounge offers a place for drivers to relax or catch up on paperwork while waiting for their trucks to be serviced.

“Our new Troy dealership is strategically located to enable CIT to provide quality Kenworth products and services to customers in our St. Louis and southern Illinois market areas, as well as the busy trucking corridors of I-70 and I-55,” said Bruce Thomas, corporate vice president and general manager for CIT Kenworth of Southern Illinois.

CIT Kenworth of Southern Illinois is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-noon Saturday. The phone number is 618-931-4300 or toll-free 855-931-4300. Key personnel include Jason Stierwalt, parts manager; John Shride, service manager; Dan Mitchell, financing and insurance manager; and Dan Basham, PacLease manager.

“Our employees’ dedication to providing outstanding customer service is the main reason why we’ve been able to follow through on our company’s plan to open this new facility in this important marketplace,” said Erick Miner, president and dealer principal of CIT Group Inc., which operates eight other Kenworth dealerships in Bensenville, Champaign, Joliet, Morton, Normal, Peru, Rockford and Springfield.