A Chicago-based truck parts supplier opened a facility in Walker on Wednesday — its first in Michigan.
The Right Place, in collaboration with the city of Walker, said Chicago-based General Truck Parts & Equipment is opening its first operation in Michigan at 2686 Three Mile Road in Walker.
The facility will house a storefront, warehouse and remanufacturing facility.
General Truck Parts expects to bring seven to 10 jobs to the area over the next three years and invest over $500,000 to launch the new operation.
“We knew we could improve service and delivery times with a new operation in Michigan,” said Eric Sjoerdsma, Grand Rapids general sales manager, 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.”
Brent Case, vice president of business attraction for The Right Place and project lead, said the decision to locate here was due to the region’s key attributes.
“The decision to expand in West Michigan reaffirms this region as a place companies can locate to access markets across the entire state,” he said. “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.”
Walker City Manager Darrel Schmalzel said he is pleased the company chose Walker for its first Michigan operations center.
“We are pleased to welcome General Truck Parts & Equipment to Walker,” Schmalzel said. “We are confident their new location will provide them the opportunity to serve their Michigan clients more effectively.”
General Truck Parts & Equipment
Founded in 1970, General Truck Parts provides new and remanufactured truck parts and equipment for on-and off-highway, industrial, agricultural, construction, mining, logging and light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
The company has six other operations located in Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Minneapolis; Nashville, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; and Rochester, New York.
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 more.