Three Midwest dealers form partnership

Updated Aug 10, 2017

Cerni Motor Sales (Ohio), O’Halloran International (Iowa) and Uhl Truck Sales (Indiana and Kentucky) have announced that they are joining forces as TriVista, a partnership that will become official on June 1.

Each dealership currently sells and services International Trucks, offers maintenance services for International Buses, leases and rents trucks as affiliates of Idealease, Inc., and offers a number of other complimentary commercial truck products and services. The three family-owned companies will maintain their individual brands, but use a shared logo design incorporating the TriVista name.

The partnership grew out of a meeting of the three dealer principals when they recognized the opportunity to combine their dealership capabilities to grow and better serve their markets.

“We have all spent decades building trust within our regions and with our respective customers,” says Jim O’Halloran, TriVista CEO and president of O’Halloran International. “We view TriVista as an expansion of resources, while maintaining our identities and values.”

With three multi-generational companies coming together, from day one there has been a focus on company history, culture, customer and employee relationships, and keeping a strong sense of community.

“We were excited by this opportunity because we keep our name and keep our family presence, but we can be a part of something bigger that can benefit our employees and customers,” says third-generation Cerni Motors partner, Vince Cerni.

The merger allows each company access to more cost-effective opportunities to benefit customers, such as volume purchasing, the ability to redistribute large fleet trade-ins for faster inventory turnover rates and more. In addition, employees will have opportunities for advancement throughout the company and will be able to apply to any location as positions become available.

“I see a very bright future with TriVista,” says John Shireman, president of Uhl Truck Sales. “You can tell when the three dealerships are in a room together — we’re all just firing on the same cylinders. It’s exciting.”

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