Yancey Truck Centers Holds Grand Opening in Columbus
A bit of post dinner chat among local Columbus, Ga., area trucking and recovery professionals (L-R) included Joey Davis of Red Classic Transit; Rick Davis and Mike Koepsell of Columbus Towing & Recovery; Tim Williams, Yancey Truck Centers; and Bill Quick of Joe Ryan Enterprises.
Jim Mumbrauer (L) of Yancey Truck Centers greets some of his special guests, including Juanita and Bobby Stevens of Bobby Stevens Hauling Contractors of Fortson, Ga.
It was a great turnout for the grand opening event with a wide variety of trucks to look at. There also were plenty of manufacturer representatives on hand to answer any questions.
The newest Yancey Truck Centers facility is located just off I-185 in Columbus, Ga., at 1600 Box Road.
(L-R): Travis Studstill and Mike Cicerchia, representatives of International Trucks-Navistar based in Atlanta, demonstrate a sampling of their vast lineup of ReNEWed remanufactured products to Debbie and Tommy Brown, superintendent of fleet services of the city of LaGrange, Ga.
Marvin Jackson (L) of M&M Produce, Columbus, Ga., shakes hands with his Yancey Truck Centers Sales Representative Jim Mumbrauer. Jackson recently purchased this 2013 International LoneStar with massive brush guard from Yancey.
Yancey Power Division Vice President Eric Arnold (L) was extremely appreciative of all the tremendous support for this event from the manufacturer representatives including Ricky Crook of Cummins Power South, Atlanta, Ga.
Benny (L) and Brenda Whitehead, founders of Benny Whitehead Inc. (BWI), started their trucking business 55 years ago with one truck. Today, they have a fleet of more than 90 and operate trucking facilities in Eufaula, Ala., and Georgetown, Ga. Behind them, is their 2013 International LoneStar truck, which they purchased from their Yancey Truck Centers Sales Representative Britt Riles (R) just a few months ago already has more than 102,000 miles with a fuel efficiency rating of 7.93 miles to the gallon.
Yancey Truck Centers held a grand opening celebration Oct. 4 for its new Columbus, Ga., sales and service center.
The Columbus opening marks the seventh Yancey Truck Centers location to open in South Georgia. Officially opened three months ago, the 15,000-sq.-ft. Columbus facility sits on five acres, which had previously been a Nissan car dealership. The building was modified to accommodate trucks with an increase in the height of the service bay entrances. Other modifications included installation of new doors for six drive-thru bays. The facility also features a covered steam bay and two covered service advisor bays.
Yancey Truck Centers quickly established a fully stocked parts department, as well as a daily shuttle of parts to and from the other Yancey Truck Centers locations. Parts delivery from the Columbus location directly to the customer also is available.
“If we don’t have it on the shelf, we can have it the next day from one of our other locations, said Eric McKnight, Yancey Truck Centers on-highway product support general manager. McKnight added that the Columbus location is staffed by “highly skilled technicians trained at the factory level by International-Navistar, Caterpillar, Cummins, and Blue Bird bus.”
The grand opening drew a steady stream of guests throughout the late afternoon and into the evening.
Yancey Truck Centers staff fired up two massive grills early in the day and slow cooked pork and chicken, while serving up all the sides to their guests.
A wide variety of trucks were on display and plenty of manufacturer and dealer representatives were on hand to help with the event. Many door prizes were awarded and various parts specials and other special deals were available during the event.
The Yancey Truck Centers Columbus, Ga., facility is located just off I-185 in Columbus, Ga., at 1600 Box Road.