The Reading Truck Group has acquired General Body Manufacturing Company, doing business as General Truck Body.
General Truck Body, a current Reading distributor, is a well-established south-central manufacturer and upfitter of work truck bodies, equipment and custom engineered trucks with three locations in Texas and one in Kentucky. The acquisition of General Truck Body increases the total number of Reading Truck locations to 28 facilities nationwide, the company says.
Founded in Kansas City, Mo., in the early 1900’s, Morris Levitch expanded General Truck Body into Texas. In 1984, Barbara Levitch Paull purchased the company. Her son, Josh Paull now serves as president and co-owner of this fourth-generation family-owned business. GTB is headquartered in Houston, with additional locations in Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth and in Louisville, Kentucky.
“We are excited to welcome GTB into the Reading Truck family. They have an exceptional reputation for meeting the diverse needs of their customers while providing a range of services and custom manufacturing capabilities,” says Jason Connell, president of Reading Truck Equipment.
Josh Paull adds, “The combination of General Truck and Reading is a great fit and will be beneficial to our staff and our customers. Reading shares our vision and is focused on providing its customers the highest quality trucks and service in the nation. General Truck Body and The Paull family are proud to join The Reading Truck Group.”
In addition to expanding Reading Truck’s national footprint, the acquisition of General Truck Body also increases Reading’s commercial truck and van pools for all major OEMs, the company says.
“GTB has been a great partner with us, and I’m confident that with this acquisition, our ability to serve this market and our customers will only be enhanced,” says Eric McNally, vice president of sales and business development at Reading Truck.