SPECIAL GUESTS: The Road Hammers helped kick off the opening of Harper Ontario Truck Centres' new Sterling and Western Star dealership in Oshawa.Photo by James Menzies
OSHAWA, Ont. – Harper Ontario Truck Centres has opened a new Sterling and Western Star dealership in Oshawa.
The new branch opened for business Nov. 1 and celebrated with an Open House on Nov. 10. The Road Hammers were on-hand to entertain guests and they had the shop rocking to some classic trucker tunes.
Harper Ontario Truck Centres is owned by Paul and Steve Harper as well as John Nelligan. The group purchased Ontario Sterling Trucks in Mississauga and renamed it Harper Ontario Truck Centres just prior to opening the new location in Oshawa.
Nelligan says he’s optimistic the new Oshawa dealership will be well-received.
“We’re looking to make a big splash in the truck business in Ontario,” Nelligan said. “Both brands are actually at or above national market share out here.”
Nelligan and Steve Harper pointed out there’s already a healthy population of Western Star and Sterling trucks in the area, but many of them were purchased in Toronto.
Having a local dealership to call upon for service will be a benefit, Nelligan says.
“Customers were looking for support to take care of their trucks,” said Nelligan. “With traffic in Toronto these days, it’s getting to be a long way back to the 410 area. At certain times of day that can be a two-and-a-half hour drive.”
The new Oshawa dealership is located at 720 Wilson Road South, just south of Bloor, right off Hwy. 401. It’s a full-service dealership open from Monday at 7 a.m. straight through until Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The dealership also carries a full line of Detroit Diesel, Mercedes-Benz, Caterpillar and Cummins engines as well as Allison transmissions.
The shop itself is 29,000 sq.-ft. and features 21 service bays, a 600-horsepower chassis dyno and a front-end alignment rack capable of performing complete front and rear axle alignments, Nelligan said.
Twenty-three factory-trained technicians are on-staff and Nelligan said additional staff will be hired as needed.
“Whatever you’re hauling moving or carrying – we want to keep you on the road, that’s our mandate, that’s how we think,” Nelligan said. For more information about the new dealership, call 905-432-3838.
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