FleetPride acquires six California branches

News Jason Cannon December 18, 2012

FleetPride, Inc. has acquired the assets of Drake Supply Company. Drake services Southern California with six locations, which bring the total number of FleetPride locations to 28 in the state.

FleetPride says employment offers have been extended to all employees at the City of Industry, Commerce, Fontana, Long Beach, Ontario and Perris branches.

“This acquisition expands FleetPride’s reach into key markets of Southern California including rail yards, Port of Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire,” says Lee Stockseth, FleetPride president and COO. “We expect to continue to improve our customer service through the integration of Drake’s talented organization, branch locations, and product focus.”

Drake Supply Company was founded in 1948 in San Leandro, Calif. as the Glen C. Drake Company. Tye Plowman purchased the Drake Company in 1990, which is now known as Drake Supply Company. Plowman will stay on with FleetPride in a management role.

“Tye grew Drake Supply from one to six locations. His entire heavy-duty career has been in this market,”  Stockseth says. “He has built an organization that is focused on customer service in a market with some very unique logistics issues.”