Trailer Operation Created by Joint Venture between Summit Holdings, Southwest International, and Kyrish Truck Centers.
September 1st, 2017 – Earlier this month it was announced that Summit Holdings entered into an agreement with Wabash National Corporation, a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems, to provide sales, parts, and service for Wabash National® dry and refrigerated van trailers and truck bodies, as well as Transcraft® and Benson® platform trailers in the entire states of Texas and Oklahoma, as well as northern Louisiana.
Summit has partnered with Southwest International, based in the Dallas metroplex, and Kyrish Truck Centers, based in south Texas – to form Peak Trailer Group, operating out of locations in Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. In this new partnership, Peak is supported by over 60 locations across the Summit, Southwest and Kyrish footprint.
Summit and Peak Trailer Group CEO Justin Fink said, “We are thrilled that Russ Trimble, owner of Southwest International, and the Kyrish Family, owners of Kyrish Truck Centers, have partnered with us to form Peak Trailer Group. All owners of Peak have over 30 years of experience in this industry, with long term employees who have developed deep customer relationships and outstanding reputations for customer service in their respective markets. We are all excited to be representing Wabash National, an innovative leader in the transportation business. Adding trailers and truck bodies to our existing lineup of trucks is a natural fit, and I expect this to be well-received by current and future customers.”
Bobby Briggs has been named President of Peak Trailer Group, and will be in charge of all Peak Trailer Group operations. He will report to Summit’s CEO Justin Fink, who will also serve as CEO of Peak Trailer Group. Briggs earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University. He was a new truck sales manager for Navistar for three years, followed by seven years as general manager/sales manager for Southwest International Trucks. For the past two years, Briggs has been an executive sales officer with Signature Bank.
Briggs said, “I am excited about this opportunity to lead the new Peak Trailer Group. The three companies that have partnered to form Peak have over 150 years of combined experience in the trucking industry. More importantly, they all share a business model that focuses on the customer experience, and each company has developed an employee-centric culture.”
About Wabash National Corporation
Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985 in Lafayette, Indiana, the company manufactures a diverse range of products, including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, bulk tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, truck-mounted tanks, intermodal equipment, aircraft refueling equipment, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade and pharmaceutical equipment. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Beall®, Benson®, Brenner® Tank, Bulk Tank International, DuraPlate®, Extract Technology®, Garsite, Progress Tank, Transcraft®, Walker Engineered Products, and Walker Transport. Learn more at www.wabashnational.com.
About Southwest International Trucks
Southwest International Trucks is a privately-held company that operates 6 commercial truck dealerships within the state of Texas, along with a used truck center and an Idealease lease and rental operation. They have been owned by Russ Trimble and operated successfully for more than 30 years. Southwest sells and services International®, Mitsubishi Fuso®, and Capacity® trucks. Russ Trimble also owns Southwest Volvo/Mack in El Paso, TX. Overall, Southwest maintains an inventory of over $30 million in truck parts, and service vehicles at each of their locations and with 24-hour mobile service units; they also operate 3 body shops. Southwest’s Idealease™ fleet includes 1,400 trucks, tractors, and trailers. Additional information may be accessed at www.southwestinternational.com.
About Kyrish Truck Centers
Kyrish Truck Centers has been a family-owned and operated commercial trucks dealership since 1976. The Kyrish family has worked to become a leading provider of commercial trucks, all makes of truck parts and service, and new and used commercial truck rental and leasing options for box trucks, day cab trucks, dump trucks, reefer trucks, and sleeper and flatbed trucks. Today, the Kyrish family owns and operates 9 International® truck dealerships with 13 locations throughout Texas that operate as International Trucks of Houston, Gulf International Trucks, Longhorn International, and Santex Truck Centers. Along with International trucks, Kyrish Truck Centers sells and services products from Crane Carrier Company®, Isuzu Trucks®, Hino®, Miller® wrecker bodies, and Mitsubishi Fuso® work trucks. They offer new and used trucks, along with rental vehicles, in addition to Longhorn Bus Sales, 7 Idealease™ lease and rental locations, and Kyrish Government Group. Additional information is available at www.kyrishtruckcenters.com.