The Stoops brand announces its expansion in Michigan through the acquisition of Grand Traverse Diesel Service Inc.
The acquisition was official for Stoops Western Star of Michigan on Jan. 1. Stoops Western Star of Michigan is affiliated with Stoops Freightliner-Western Star which, with the addition of the Traverse City location, now operates 11 dealerships in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, including Stoops Trailer locations in Wayne, Mich., as well as Lafayette and Indianapolis, Ind.
The company says the move merges a pair of family-owned businesses, as Stoops acquires Grand Traverse Diesel Service from owners Dan and Sue Walters. Stoops’ parent company, the McCoy Group, traces its roots back to 1958 and is owned by third-generation members of the McCoy family.
“On behalf of the entire Stoops team, I’d like to offer our sincerest thanks to Dan and Sue Walters for the great service they have provided to the trucking and transportation community over the past 36 years,” says Brian McCoy, president of Stoops Freightliner-Western Star. “We are excited to pick up right where they left off — providing expert service, a wide array of top-quality parts, and a sales team dedicated to meeting and exceeding customer needs.”
The company says customers can expect staffing to remain the same at Stoops Western Star of Michigan, as all former Grand Traverse employees have been welcomed into the Stoops family. Also, Dan Walters will remain a part of Stoops Western Star as a lead sales consultant, so he will continue to fulfill his passion for working with the customer base he has worked at building. Additionally, offerings in the areas of parts and service will expand. Leveraging the Stoops brand and buying power, the best in Daimler parts and service will be available to Stoops Western Star of Michigan customers, the company adds.