TA Truck Service is interested in small fleets – Maintenance

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TravelCenters of America LLC continues its aggressive march in the commercial tire reseller market. Barry Richards, executive vice president, said the TA Service commercial tire network, which has been in existence for almost a year, is “on the right track.”

The truck stop company has invited a group of truck tire manufacturers to a meeting ahead of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) 2017 show to discuss some of the major issues facing the industry. Greg Frary, vice president of truck service, said the discussion revolved around responsible tire resources, Tier 2 tires and the looming uncertainty over tariffs on truck tires imported from China.

Richards said the company wants to take advantage of its 244 physical locations (there’s one in Canada, but all the rest are in the United States). These are good staging areas, but the company also has 150 on-site service trucks that fleet visit customer sites to perform maintenance checks, as well as 600 road crew trucks that provide service. road for tire punctures and other emergency breakdowns.

And while the company has historically focused on large national fleets, Richards said TA Truck Service has been aggressive in expanding. “We are targeting non-traditional fleets”, such as professional fleets (think plumbers, electricians, etc.) as well as multi-purpose construction companies.

Richards said the company had “drastically changed” its focus and “did a much better job” working with customers from smaller fleets.

Another new business started last year has been a partnership with auction companies that sell used trucks. TravelCenters has created the “TA Certified” label. The company works with auction companies to inspect, repair and certify the condition of used trucks before they are sold, just as original equipment manufacturers in the passenger automotive space certify their used vehicles. at dealerships.

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