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Diamond Companies, Roberts Truck Center to merge

Successful Dealer Staff October 31, 2013

Diamond Companies, a holding company for International Truck and IC Bus dealerships in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee, and Roberts Truck Center, LLC, a holding company for truck and bus dealerships in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas will merge effective Jan. 1, 2014.

The new company will have revenues approaching $1 billion. The combined enterprise will have a greater potential for improved financial strength and the ability to deliver long-term operating performance and improvements through increased scale.

The two privately held, family businesses have very similar cultures and are both committed to serving their customers and communities, the companies say. Customers will benefit from the new company’s broader footprint in the marketplace and a consistent service experience across seven states. The company will employ 1,300 people at 29 locations in 26 markets.

In announcing the planned merger, the principals of the new organization, Richard Sweebe, president and CEO, Diamond Companies, Blaine Roberts, president of Roberts Truck Center, and Blair Roberts, vice president of Roberts Truck Center, say, “This merger represents a new beginning for our two successful companies. It enables us to become an even more efficient transportation solutions provider that is better able to compete in the rapidly changing commercial truck and bus industry. Our objective is to continue to grow and to build on our reputations for integrity, quality, and service in the markets we serve.”

The new enterprise will be a privately held company and the key principals will remain in their leadership positions. Corporate functions of the new entity will be directed from several locations for the foreseeable future. The new company will be named and branded before the Jan. 1, 2014 effective date.

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