Auto Truck Group Celebrates 90th Anniversary
One of America’s leading up-fitters, Auto Truck Group, embraces its first 90 years, while looking forward to its future.
Bensenville, IL (EMWNews) July 25, 2008 — Auto Truck Group is proud to be celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Through both strong and weak economic times Auto Truck Group’s dedication to its customers has propelled them to success that would have never been imaginable in 1918.
On March 28, 1918, Hervey R. Dailey founded the company, then known as Auto Truck Steel Body. Hervey’s original business plan is still in effect today, “… to manufacturer, buy, sell and deal in and with all kind of bodies made of steel and other material.” The first 10 years had their ups and downs. Then on March 9, 1928, Eugene James “Don” Dondlinger purchased the company. Eugene led the company until his passing in 1962 when his son, Gene, took over the family business. Through the sixties, seventies, and eighties Gene’s leadership brought on a new plant, new customers and new products. In 1988 Gene retired after 54 years of service at Auto Truck. Gene’s son Jim, a third generation Dondlinger, became the leader of Auto Truck and the tradition continued.
When the business first began there was just a single location in Chicago, Illinois. Now, Auto Truck Group has five locations across the United States to meet their customers’ needs. Recently their Fort Wayne, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky facilities have gone through major expansions. In December 2008, Auto Truck’s Bensenville headquarters and flagship shop will be moving to a state-of-the-art facility in Bartlett, Illinois. “I am very excited about the future. Our new headquarters will bring us tremendous opportunities,” said Jim Dondlinger.
While many things have changed, one key thing has not. “We’re honest and fair with our customers and our employees. Our success would not be possible without them,” said Jim Dondlinger.
The Auto Truck Group, headquartered in Bensenville, IL, has been Making Trucks into Tools since 1918. They offer extensive experience and knowledge, excellent service, competitive prices, and tremendous value to their customers. Their five locations provide convenient access for up-fitting in the work truck industry. For more information please visit, http://www.autotruck.com.
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