Custom Truck Sales Inc. (CTS) has been serving the Saskatchewan and
Manitoba trucking industry with Kenworth trucks for over 45 years.
was founded in 1965 by two generations of the Leach family with third
generation family members at the helm today. "My grandpa, Arnold Leach,
was selling for another OEM but he thought Kenworth made a better truck
and represented a brighter future," said Brent Leach, Custom Truck Sales
president in Regina, Sask. "He organized a group and approached
Kenworth to obtain the franchise. My dad, Don Leach, left his job at the
provincial gas transmission company and joined his father to start the
Custom Truck Sales expanded five years later to
Saskatoon, Sask., opened in Winnipeg, Man. in 1986, and added a parts
and service facility in Estevan, Sask. in 2001. "Our territory stretches
12 hours driving time east to west from western Ontario where we sell
to loggers to western Saskatchewan where we sell to the oil patch," said
Brent Leach, who has been with the dealership for 20 years. Today,
Brent's brother, Ken, leads the Regina location. Another brother, Rob,
and sister, Wendy Williams, are non-operating partners.
Truck Sales is part of the Kenworth dealer network of nearly 300
locations throughout Canada and the U.S. and is also affiliated with
PacLease. The dealership's Winnipeg location is its largest with a
35,000 square-foot facility, 24 service bays, and 75 employees. Sales,
service and parts departments are open seven days a week. The 25,000
square-foot Saskatoon location with 16 bays and the 30,000-square-foot
state-of-the-art headquarters in Regina with 18 bays both employ about
40, while the Estevan branch has recently doubled in size and has ten
Regina, Saskatoon & Winnipeg facilities have an
indoor truck showroom. "It makes a world of difference to show the
latest Kenworth technology and features to customers in the comfort of
an indoor showroom when it's raining or 20 degrees below zero outside,"
While the trucking market in Saskatchewan and
Manitoba has changed significantly over the years, Leach said that
Custom Truck Sales has kept pace with an assist from Kenworth. "Having
the Kenworth product has enabled us to sell to mining companies, the
logging industry, construction companies, agricultural users,
over-the-road fleets, and the oil and gas industry," he said. "We sell
the entire lineup of Kenworth heavy duty tractors and medium duty trucks
with the T800, W900 and T600 leading the way.
also have been a huge part of our success," Leach said. "We have several
in Regina and Saskatoon with us 25 years or more and many in Winnipeg
approaching 20 years."
Leach said the long partnership with
Kenworth has worked well for Custom Truck Sales. "Kenworth makes quality
trucks and is a quality company," Leach said. "It's been a great
relationship over the past 45 years."
Kenworth Truck Company, a
division of PACCAR Inc, is a leading manufacturer of heavy and medium
duty trucks. Kenworth's Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com.
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