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Leslie Doggett Industries Acquires Arkansas Big Truck Dealership Group


HOUSTON--()--Houston-based Leslie Doggett Industries through its Doggett Truck Group has acquired privately-held Truck Centers of Arkansas, giving Doggett distribution rights for all Freightliner and Western Star branded trucks and parts for most counties in the State of Arkansas with full service sales and leasing dealerships in Little Rock, Fayetteville and Van Buren. Doggett will operate these dealerships under the name Doggett Freightliner of Arkansas. Sources familiar with the transaction report the purchase price to be $103+ million. Doggett’s General Counsel, William Doggett, said, “the Doggett Truck Group, headed by Paul Burk, will bring a new intensity to the Arkansas dealerships. We have a long history of buying companies and dramatically improving morale, processes, and market share growth, all through a laser focus on customer service. This acquisition is particularly exciting for Doggett, because we know exactly how to improve these dealerships.”

Leslie Doggett Buys Lone Star Ford

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HOUSTON, May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston-based Leslie Doggett Industries' affiliate the Doggett Auto Group has purchased one of Houston's oldest and largest Ford dealerships, Lone Star Ford (8477 North Freeway, between the North Loop 610 and Beltway 8 on I-45 North) from North Carolina-based Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH) for an undisclosed amount effective May 1, 2018. On July 31, 2018, Doggett will move the store to 9115 North Freeway, to the lot adjacent to Doggett's John Deere Construction and Forestry headquarters. Tony Gracely, one of the best known and well-respected figures in the automobile dealership industry, is heading up the Doggett Auto Group. Gracely said of the transaction: "Doggett's outstanding reputation as the leader in customer service and support in the commercial 18-wheeler, industrial and construction equipment industries is going to translate to success in the Ford business." Gracely continued, "Doggett has a long history acquiring units of large public companies and dramatically improving and growing those businesses with their highly-professional and family-oriented approach."


San Antonio, Texas. (April 6, 2018) – Toyota Lift of South Texas was recently awarded Toyota Industrial Equipment’s (TIE) highest honor, the President’s Award, for 2017. Toyota Lift of South Texas is one of 15 elite recipients of this distinguished award, selected from TIE’s network of more than 220 dealership locations in North America.

Toyota Lift of South Texas was recognized at Toyota’s Annual Forklift Dealer Meeting for demonstrating excellence in parts, service, equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall forklift dealership operations. This is the 10th time Toyota Lift of South Texas has been awarded the President’s Award.

“The dedication to go above and beyond for our customers is what sets the President’s Award winners apart,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “They are driven to deliver the best customer experience in the industry and the President’s Award is our way of honoring them for their unwavering commitment.”

About Toyota Industrial Equipment

Proudly manufactured in the United States, Toyota Industrial Equipment offers a full line of material handling solutions including forklifts, aerial work platforms, automated guided vehicles, fleet management services and tow tractors. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 220 locations in North America. For more information, visit

2017 Presidents Award

Photo caption: from left to right: Jeff Rufener, president of Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc., Leslie Doggett, Toyota Lift of South Texas, Ken Townsend, Toyota Lift of South Texas, and Toshifumi Onishi, senior managing officer of Toyota Industries Corporation and chief marketing and sales officer of Toyota Material Handling Group.

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