Local truck dealership under new ownership

Rob Hanson
Rob Hanson

Phil Castle, The Business Times

The staff and operations of a Western Slope truck and trailer dealership aren’t expected to dramatically change under new ownership.

Hanson International of Western Colorado and its facilities in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs have been purchased by McCandless Truck Center.

Rob Hanson, the previous owner of Hanson International, said the transaction reflects a trend in the industry over the past decade toward bigger dealerships that can take advantage of the economies of scale associated with larger operations.

The two West Slope facilities add to locations McCandless Truck Center already operates in Aurora, Colorado Springs, Henderson and Pueblo.

Hanson said most of the more than 40 employees at the Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs locations will remain in place. Dale Rooks will take over as general manager. Parts and service managers also will remain on the staff, Hanson said.

Operations are expected to remain the same as well, Hanson said, with sales and service of International brand trucks and parts as well as sales of Ranco and Trailmax trailers.

The dealership also leases and rents trucks and equipment as well as operates a used parts yard and fueling and washing island.

The dealership serves a geographic area that extends across the Western Slope with the exception of the Four Corners area of Southwest Colorado, Hanson said.

The purchase by McCandless Truck Center does, however, end family ownership and operation of Hanson International that goes back 46 years.

Hanson’s father, Bob, purchased what was at the time the Boggs-Fuller Equipment Co. in Grand Junction in 1968.

Rob Hanson, who’s worked at the dealership nearly his whole life, took over ownership from his father in 1999.

Hanson International has moved twice from its original location on Second Street in downtown Grand Junction to its present location along the Interstate Highway 70 frontage road just west of 24 Road.

The operation also has grown over the years even as business has fluctuated along with the local economy, Hanson said.

While sales slowed following a downturn in both the energy sector and overall economy in Western Colorado, business has since picked up and prospects appear to be improving with increased activity in commercial and residential construction, Hanson said. “I think there’s some optimism there.”

Hanson said he’s going to miss working with his staff, many of them long-time employees of the company, as well as interacting with customers.

Hanson said he’s not yet certain what he’ll do. “I’ll have to figure out what I want to do when I grow up now,” he joked.