Houston-based Leslie Doggett Industries through its Doggett Truck Group has acquired privately held Truck Enterprises Inc. (founded in 1980), an authorized Western Star, Detroit Diesel and extreme heavy-duty trailer dealer located in El Paso, Texas, and Carlsbad, N.M. This gives Doggett its third location in El Paso, Texas and its first in Carlsbad. Doggett will operate these dealerships under the name Truck Enterprises Inc.
Doggett’s General Counsel, William Doggett, said, "Doggett will roll out our independent used truck and trailer model through this acquisition which will complement and build on the celebrated history of Truck Enterprises created and nurtured by founders Lanny and Linda Golucke. Lanny will remain on as the leader of Truck Enterprises."
“Doggett is pleased to expand our footprint to serve more customers in El Paso and to enter the Carlsbad market,” said Paul Burk, vice president of the Doggett Truck Group. “We are eager to implement the same initiatives and processes that have made Doggett successful and have been the foundation of our dynamic growth in other markets.”
Doggett’s aspirations are to grow the El Paso stores similarly to the growth experienced at Doggett’s Little Rock, Ark., Freightliner dealership which has been nominated by Successful Dealer Magazine as one of five finalists for the single best run heavy truck dealership in the U.S. This accomplishment came after Doggett acquired all the Freightliner dealerships in Arkansas only 14 months ago. Additionally, Doggett’s Ford dealership in Houston is one of the fastest-growing dealerships among more than 3000 Ford dealerships in the U.S., and the fastest-growing dealership in Houston. Doggett plans to grow Truck Enterprises in the same manner.
Western Star is a division of Freightliner which is the North American brand for the world’s largest truck maker, Daimler Benz Trucks. Freightliner is North America’s largest highway (18-wheeler) and vocational truck manufacturer with market share often exceeding 40 percent, almost three times the size of its next closest competitor, the company said.
Doggett is a Houston-based diversified heavy equipment dealer for six first-tier manufacturers: John Deere construction and forestry equipment (17 dealerships), Toyota industrial equipment - forklifts and material handling (seven dealerships), Freightliner and Western Star on-highway and vocational trucks (nine dealerships), Link Belt cranes (three dealerships) and a Ford auto and truck dealership.