Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the City of Walker, announced that Chicago-based General Truck Parts & Equipment will open its first operation in Michigan. The company will be located at 2686 3 Mile Road in Walker. In addition, the new operation will bring 7-10 new jobs to the area in the next three years and invest over $500,000 to launch the new operation.
Founded in 1970, General Truck Parts® provides new and remanufactured truck parts, serving the truck parts and equipment industry for on-and off-highway, industrial, agricultural, construction, mining, logging, and light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, General Truck Parts also has six other operations located in Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Nashville, Portland (Maine) and Rochester (NY).
“We knew we could improve service and delivery times with a new operation in Michigan,” said Eric Sjoredsma, General Sales Manager – Grand Rapids who oversaw the selection and construction of the new operation in Walker. “We contacted The Right Place and they assisted us in identifying potential locations and connected us to key people to help us open our first operation in Michigan.”
Although there were delays in construction due to the COVID crisis, General Truck Parts & Equipment plans to open their new storefront, warehouse, and remanufacturing facility July 1st, 2020.
Brands available through General Truck Parts include Oshkosh®, Eaton®/Fuller®, Navistar®, Rockwell®, Meritor®, Kessler®, ZF®, Spicer®, Tractech®, Borg-Warner®, GMC®, Mack®, Allison®, Spicer ®, Clark-Hurth®, New Venture®, TTC®, Fabco®, Muncie®, Axletech®, SAF- Holland and many more.
“The decision to expand in West Michigan reaffirms the region as a place companies can locate to access markets across the entire state,” said Brent Case, vice president of business attraction for The Right Place and project lead, “Companies located in Chicago and neighboring states recognize the affordability and many other benefits of expanding in West Michigan and we’re pleased to assist in projects like these.”
City manager of Walker, Darrel Schmalzel, is also looking forward to the company’s first Michigan operation opening, “We are pleased to welcome General Truck Parts & Equipment to Walker. We are confident their new location will provide them the opportunity to serve their Michigan clients more effectively.”