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People (January 01, 2008)

Peter Macgillivray has become co-owner of Nova Scotia-based Lockhart Sterling Western Star with Dave Lockhart, years after helping the business become a franchised OEM dealer.


Peter Macgillivray has become co-owner of Nova Scotia-based Lockhart Sterling Western Star with Dave Lockhart, years after helping the business become a franchised OEM dealer.

Stationed in Nova Scotia in 1991, Macgillivray worked with the founding owners of Provincial Diesel Repair allowing them to become a full line Kenworth dealer. Prior to becoming a dealer, the business had been operated as a diesel repair shop, specializing in engine overhauls.

Provincial Diesel was purchased by Lockhart in 1997, which by then represented Western Star trucks. In 2000, Lockhart had the opportunity to purchase Evangeline Sterling and re-branded his dealership Lockhart Sterling Western Star. In a short span, Lockhart was able to more that double the size of the original business.

With 36 employees and expected revenues of over $20M in 2007, Lockhart sought out Macgillivray as a partner for his growing business. Both Macgillivray and Lockhart hope to draw from their varied backgrounds to continue the profitable growth of Lockhart Sterling Western Star.

Adam Whitney has joined Cummins Canada Limited as a technical support manager for Ontario and the Atlantic provinces supporting Cummins Eastern Canada LP. Whitney officially took his post Nov. 12.

Prior to accepting this position, Whitney worked for Cummins’ local distributor in Ontario for about seven years in various sales and management positions.

Whitney received his Masters of Business Administration at York University in Toronto and his Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Business Management and Psychology at the University of Toronto. He can be reached at 905- 795-1903.

• Fifth wheel manufacturer Fontaine International -North America has named Henry Bell as president, with Terry Mennen joining the company as vice-president of business development.

Bell joined the Fontaine family in August 2005 as president of the fleet business unit of Fontaine Trailer. He was charged with segmenting the fleet business from the dealer business during a period of tremendous growth. In the process, he hired a new team and led the design, construction and production launch of a new state-of-the-art trailer manufacturing facility in Jasper, Ala.

As president of Fontaine, Bell sets the company’s strategic direction and is responsible for all aspects of its operations.

Bell came to Fontaine following a 15-year career with refuse collection vehicle manufacturer, Heil Environmental.

Mennen comes to Fontaine with more than 23 years experience in the commercial vehicle industry. As vice-president of business development, he is responsible for OEM sales, as well as fleet and dealer sales activities. He is also in charge of marketing, customer service and business development. •


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