Last week Truck Parts & Service announced its finalists for the 2016 Distributor of the Year award. We are now taking a brief look at each nominated distributor.
For information on Blaine Brothers, we turn to President Dean Dally.
When was your business founded, and by whom?
In 1979 by Rick and Fred Dally.
How many locations do you have?
We have a total of nine locations. Blaine Brothers: Blaine (2 facilities), Scanlon and Clearwater, Minn. North American Trailer: Inver Grove Heights, Eagan and Scanlon, Minn., Stanley, N.D. Hydraulic Specialty: Fridley, Minn.
How many employees do you have?
Combined, more than 250.
What is your company’s value proposition?
We partner with companies, both customers and vendors. We strive to build win/win relationships that endure the test of time by providing cost-effective solutions to the heavy-duty transportation industry. “If you take care of the customer, the customer will take care of you.”
What has been the biggest change in your business over the past calendar year?
The most obvious change this year is in our facilities. North American Trailer has a new state-of-the-art facility being built in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., with an expected completion in November this year. Blaine Brothers has expanded its Clearwater, Minn., shop and parts retail space, and also remodeled the Blaine, Minn., parts retail space implementing many of the marketing ideas demonstrated at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) in January. We also have an added focus on marketing using our new web design, social media and internet visibility.
Why do you believe the heavy-duty aftermarket has nominated you for this award?
We believe in supporting our vendors, without them we can not provide our customers with top-notch service. We wake up every day with one goal in mind; provide real solutions with exceptional value for all of our customers.
For more on Blaine Brothers, go to www.blainebrothers.com, and check Truck Parts & Service magazine in the coming months.