The Transwest Story
Our Company history begins in the upper Midwest. Born and raised in separate towns in North Dakota, George and Barb Eidsness met in Fargo while attending college. Each from small agricultural towns, they shared a mutual respect for hard work and hand-shake integrity.
George began his tenure in the transportation industry in the car business. Starting as a salesman with a gift, he quickly made his way to management. By 1990, an opportunity to obtain a small dealership moved Barb and George to Colorado, and Transwest with the first 112 employees, began.
Over the last 29 years, Transwest has expanded tremendously, adding locations across 3 states and Canada, with a variety of dealerships, finance, and manufacturing services. Transparency, coupled with a genuine, consultative sales and customer service philosophy, have driven growth and customer loyalty. Over 70% of Transwest business, is repeat and referral business. In 2018 over 1000 employees reported to Transwest facilities, and there is no sign they’ll be slowing down.
Deep roots are an important business and family philosophy. Transwest stays involved with the local community through sponsors, scholarships, community programs, agriculture through 4-H, the National Western Stock Show, and more.
Buick GMC Isuzu
Our second location, Transwest Buick GMC Isuzu formed around 1990. The GMC dealership was primarily a medium-duty truck dealership, which also sold light-duty GMCs to retail customers. When the 2008 recession hit, General Motors discontinued production of medium-duty trucks. The dealership was then given a Buick franchise, rounding out the domestic offerings available.
Since then, the Henderson store has undergone a gradual transition to life sans medium-duty GMC trucks. These changes have energized the dealership and helping to grow the light-duty fleet, commercial business. and retail business. Our customers have witnessed the changes in the Denver economy with growth and expansion in Commerce City, River Run, Stillwater, Belle Creek and Reunion.
Transwest Buick GMC Isuzu is regularly among the top fleet and commercial volume dealerships in the country for both GMC and Isuzu.
In Trans Lease, our initial focus was to finance, nearly exclusively, trucks and trailers sold by our dealerships. Over time we have expanded into new markets servicing vendors outside of our dealerships. Originally based in Commerce City, we now enjoy a brand-new 22,000-square-foot office building at our Pecos campus, just off I-76 in Denver, next door to All Truck and Trailer Parts and All Fleet Services.
Trans Lease consists of 52 employees in eight locations. As an independent finance company, we can be more flexible and quicker to respond to your needs. Working to provide the best experience for you we, in 2017, launched a customer portal and mobile application and are always optimizing for you.
Trans Lease has enjoyed tremendous growth with more than 7,000 assets financed to customers in all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Trans Lease now ranks as the 7th largest independently-owned equipment finance company in the United States!
Our Frederick location started as a small lot in the 1990’s, at I-25 and exit 240 (Highway 119), selling horse trailers, used personal trucks, and service out of three bays. We’ve grown to serve you and local demand, with 37 service bays, horse trailer sales, hauler truck sales, used trucks sales, and luxury RVs sales.
In July 2013, we began construction on the RV sales and service facility. Located across the street, it’s dedicated to working on the interiors of RV coaches and living quarter horse trailers.
Our truck and trailer division offers sales, parts, and service for horse trailers and light to medium duty trucks, plus heavy-duty chassis parts and service. Our Transwest RV location has sales, parts, and service for the top RV manufacturers. This location also services all RV and horse trailer living quarters.
All Fleet Services
All Fleet Services began in 1996 when a friend of our founder reached out wanting to lease parking and office space. We had a facility, leased long-term to a business who ended up leaving after one year. It became the facility for All Fleet Services and began with three offices, parking spaces, along with maintenance demand.
With more and more interest over the years, we pushed to expand the operation and build the facility which we currently operate out of today. We developed another parcel of land across the street which added an additional 172 spaces. Even more, demand led us to expand again just two years ago, adding an additional 58 spaces. All Fleet now has 325 pull-through parking spaces over 33 acres.
Today our tenant’s range anywhere from a single owner-operator leasing one parking space, to a larger fleet leasing 60 spaces, five office suites, with dedicated fueling for their Colorado trucks.
Grand Junction, Colo.
Our Grand Junction location operates like a small branch where everyone wears multiple hats and fills in throughout the store as needed. Celebrating 20 years in 2016, Grand Junction covers all of Colorado’s Western Slope. Our outside sales team travels from Steamboat Springs in the north to Durango in the south. Our Western Slope location’s growing customer base relies primarily on local companies with very little national fleet business. We are a Freightliner-Western Star dealer and an Isuzu dealer and have the honor of being the first outlying branch to start the process of becoming an Elite Support dealer, Elite Support certified in July 2018.
Summit Truck Equipment
Summit Truck Equipment (STE) is our outside sales team representing Summit Truck Bodies. There are 10 regional salesmen in the US and one in Canada. STE, formally known as Transwest Truck Equipment, began in 1998 to supply the national Komatsu account with IMT and Seyller service bodies on Freightliner chassis, which led to the beginning of Summit Truck Equipment and Summit Truck Bodies in 2004.
Founded in 1994, Transwest Trailers began offering commercial trailers from the industry’s leading manufacturers.
- Increased on-hand inventory
- Flexible purchase or rental options
- Knowledgeable sales staff
- Accessories done in-house
Technology is changing faster than ever before, which is why we want to be the expert for your business. We work closely with the trailer manufacturers and have long-term relationships that allow for clear communication to get you exactly what you need each and every time. Whether you need a 4,000-pound bumper pull or a 200,000-pound multi-axle unit, we have the experience and expertise to get it done right.
Not only can you purchase a large variety of trailers, but we also offer the option to rent—both long-term and short-term.
At Transwest Trailers, we strive for the utmost integrity, always. We want to help you get the trailer you need and to make the experience a positive one that leads to a long-term relationship. We pride ourselves in knowledgeable sales people with years of experience, a large inventory from today’s leading manufacturers, and convenient, full-service locations.
All Truck and Trailer Parts opened for business in July 2001. Our focus is solely on parts. We sell parts across the front counter and deliver parts throughout the Denver Metro area for retail, wholesale and fleet customers.
ATTP also serves as the warehouse for other branches, and receive daily shipments from vendors and ship to other branches as needed. With over $8m in parts inventory on hand, we work to get you the part you need as quickly as possible to maximize your uptime. Our new state of the art facility is designed with maximum efficiency in mind.
Summit Truck Bodies
Summit Truck Bodies is tucked in the cornfields in Wathena, Kansas. The facility has recently grown from 96,000 sq. ft. to 132,000 sq. ft. We renovated to include modern, state-of-the-art equipment. We’ve improved quality and efficiency to help production double to an average output of 480 trucks per year since the plant opened in 2003. We have 104 current employees at Summit. Our team is involved in every step of the process: from engineers in the early design stages to welders, painters, and technicians in final assembly and detail.
This plant was established to needs for a better-built body and improve service overall. Soon after, Transwest acquired Seyller Bodies’ share and Summit Truck Bodies was born.
Initially, the product line was service bodies only. Today, Summit designs and manufactures custom service, lube bodies, and specialty bodies, lube trailers, and skids. In order to save costs and improve product quality and customer service, Summit added a line of electric and hydraulic cranes consisting of eight models. STB also manufactures steel and aluminum drawer packs and bolt bins and offers the best after the sale service in the industry.
We’ve become known as an innovation leader in the industry with advanced safety electronic systems, setting the standards when it comes to quality and quick delivery times.
We are a one-stop shop for service trucks!
Summit Bodyworks has over 20 years of experience as a specialty vehicle builder and officially became part of Transwest in 2008. Over the years we’ve consistently grown, adding services and people, and have upgraded our facilities each time. Most recently, we’ve built a new state of the art facility in Ft. Lupton, CO to house all of our operations! We are just under 80,000 square feet, on 40 acres with a separate area for graphics and expansion possibilities.
We are the only tool truck upfitter in the country that is an approved builder for three of the four major mobile tool companies, Matco, Cornwell, and Mac. We’ve evolved our services and now build law enforcement vehicles, mobile medical clinics, bloodmobiles, bookmobiles, and many other specialty vehicles.
In 2015 we grew our small graphics department into a division of its own, SBW Graphics, serving fleet teams across Colorado with custom vehicle graphics.
Last year we launched our Commercial Vehicle Equipment division. Upfitting vans and trucks for different vocational uses is the market trend, and we intend to stay in front.
Transwest Truck Trailer RV of Kansas City is your one-stop shop for new and pre-owned recreational vehicles, travel trailers, horse and livestock trailers, haulers, light to heavy-duty trucks and commercial trailers, with full parts and service departments. Our award-winning, the experienced and friendly sales team will guide you through the options available on each model in our inventory. We invite you to stop by our location in Belton, MO where we have two facilities that span 75,000 sq. ft to meet our team and view our inventory.
With the ever-growing business and our expansion into RVs, we were prompted to our move to the current location in 2013. Fast forward three years, expanding yet again, we added our RV building in 2016. In 2017 saw the addition of towable lines, with such names as Keystone, Winnebago, and Heartland, and Western Haulers to our already vast array of vehicles and trailers. Today we sit on about 17 acres with three branches. While Branch 17 Parts and Service sees to our RV, towables, and horse trailer customers. With 29 service bays, we seek to serve a variety of vehicle needs.
Summit Truck Equipment & Trans Lease – Red Deer, Canada
Summit Truck Equipment Canada is the exclusive Canadian branch of Summit Truck Equipment, Summit Truck Bodies, and Transwest. We sell service trucks and we have a rent-to-own program for our hydrovac units.
We recently expanded and upgraded our facility after an unfortunate fire at our previous shop. Our new location has five offices and five service bays, with one wash bay. We love our Canadian store and are excited to see it growing. Our hydrovac rental fleet has expanded and since August 2017 we have been selling and delivering hydrovac parts across Alberta, CA. We also help with the Matco units that are sold in Canada by making sure the units are ready to be registered in Canada and providing the customer a place to pick up their units across the border.
The Fountain Transwest Truck Trailer RV location, just south of Colorado Springs, is a source used by many, from the U.S. Military to OTR drivers. We serve all of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico with parts, service, and sales. Our branch originally started in Colorado Springs as an ATTP, then moved to Fountain and opened in January of 2011, and have been going strong ever since. Our service department works on medium duty and heavy duty trucks as well as the chassis side of RV’s. Our technicians are certified for Cummins, Detroit, Cat, and Allison. In January of 2018, we will be starting our Elite Certification.
We extended our parts presence in Greeley, Colorado in 2013. The Greeley team has done a great job in growing parts sales at the branch and in 2016 moved to a new, larger facility just two miles north of the first facility. With a larger parts inventory, the facility was in a better location and easier for customers to access.
Corporate Headquarters – Brighton, CO
In 2014 we combined several of our branches into one location, to establish our corporate offices in Brighton, CO. Our new state-of-the-art 226,000 sq. ft. facility rests on 46 Acres. We have moved all of our heavy and medium duty truck and trailer sales, service, parts and body shop to one highly functional and convenient location! Headquarter houses 98 service bays, sales team, administration, and a full parts department.
The hydrovac industry has continued to grow, to keep growing with it, we need to have a rental line to meet the needs of our customers, a new venture called DigVac was formed. Our rental opportunities extend across North America.
Foremost National Distributor
Transwest teamed with Foremost to produce hydrovacs to exceed all expectations. Our hydrovacs are built for the unexpected. With a rugged Western Star chassis and Foremost body, and features you expect from the best names in the industry.
For over 50 years Foremost has been a leading manufacturer, creating innovative solutions for the resource industry. Foremost designs and manufactures high-quality and competitively priced Vehicle Mounted Vacuum Equipment for use in the Oil & Gas, Municipal, Industrial and Utility market segments across North America.
We have a large selection of hydrovacs available for purchase immediately, or for short- or long-term rentals, through our Dig Vac Rentals program.
Our Dayton Branch opened in May 2016. We wanted to provide the eastern U.S. with an easier distribution of our products and a service location for several Transwest companies. The company ultimately decided on and acquired this location, located on the north side of town. Dayton is one of the best 90-minute markets in the U.S. The Dayton region is within 600 miles of 61 percent of the U.S. population, 50 percent of the Canadian population, 70 percent of all North American manufacturing, and 80 percent of U.S. corporate headquarters.
Our facility is a 22,000 sq. ft. building located on 3.5 acres. It has 2,000 sq. ft. of office space, an eight-bay shop, and plenty of truck and trailer parking to accommodate equipment from multiple Transwest branches. Trans Lease shares office space in this building and covers the northeast for fleet and specialty equipment financing. Dig Vac, Summit Truck Equipment, and Summit Bodyworks use this branch as an Eastern US distribution facility. The growth of Transwest companies located in Dayton supports our focus on increasing sales and service in eastern North America.
Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ran – Limon, Colo.
Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Limon, Colorado is one of the newest franchises in the Transwest Corporation. We purchased the dealership in February 2016 and have expanded it from its previous tractor repair and roller rink building into a state-of-the-art facility. Sales, Parts, and Services encompass the entire state, with a focus on unique vehicle sales experiences, attention to detail, parts, and accessory orders, and a fix-your-vehicle-right-the-first-time service mentality.
Our hiring philosophy for this rural store has been to employ individuals that can be cross-trained to perform multiple jobs within the dealership, helping to create a culture of empowered employees who truly try to recognize your needs.
Transwest Auto Center -Fort Morgan
We purchased the Transwest Auto Center in Fort Morgan, Colorado, in 2016. The shop, which specializes in late model cars, trucks, and SUVs, is our primary pre-owned car dealership—but it is so much more than that. With close proximity to our dealership in Sterling, we can also display new Chevys and Buicks. This gives you the opportunity to see and test drive the newest models. With more than 80 units on the lot, there is a vehicle for your personal need.
Transwest Chevrolet Buick – Sterling, Colo.
Transwest Chevrolet Buick opened its doors in June 2016 with the focus of building a presence in Northeast Colorado. We built the new 26,500 sq. ft. the facility in June 2017, located on Main Street, on the west side of Sterling. This location gives us maximum exposure to the traffic entering and leaving Sterling on US Highway 14. Our dealership provides our community with high quality new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs, a full-service and detail shop that offers a full-time service shuttle. A heavy-duty and light-duty parts department is also a part of our Transwest dealership. Located on the plains of Northeast Colorado.
Being new to a smaller community, our team takes pride in getting to know you and ensuring that your expectations are exceeded in every way.
Transwest Ford, Torrington
Transwest expanded into Wyoming when we purchased Big Sky Ford Lincoln in Torrington, Wyoming in April 2017. We are a full-line Ford dealership offering every Ford model. Aside from our tremendous new vehicle offerings, we also offer a wide selection of pre-owned vehicles of all makes. In the fall of 2017, we completed our remodel of Service Department. With substantial investment in removing and replacing nearly every service lift, updating the interior facade, and upgrading to all new LED lighting. We also made exterior improvements included paving the parking lot, building a new perimeter fence, and adding a 16 foot by 20 foot LED street sign to light the way.
Summit Bodyworks, Truck & Van Bodies
In 2017, Summit Bodyworks purchased Alfred Industries & Specialty Vehicle Divisions – now known as Summit Bodyworks Truck & Van Bodies.
Since 1948, Alfred Industries has been a leader in the building of van bodies, trailers, and specialty truck equipment. Known for their impeccable detail to craftsmanship and reliability, we are proud to carry on this tradition as Summit Bodyworks Truck & Van Bodies.
Summit Bodyworks – Truck & Van Bodies will continue at the Henderson, CO location offering component fabrication, manufacturing, installation, assembly, painting, and service of truck & van bodies – including the production of decontamination apparatus and trailers for a number of emergency agencies.
We are also very excited to announce a brand new line of all fiberglass bodies for several chassis platforms including Freightliner M2, Ford, Chevy, and Dodge Cutaways among others. With the resources we have, we know we will accomplish great things!
We are very excited to combine the expertise of two companies known for industry leading quality and innovation to create a true one-of-a-kind company where you can realize the benefit of working with a company that can provide everything you need from the chassis, the body and all interior upfit all in one place.
Yellow Frog Graphics
In the summer of 2017, Summit Truck Bodies launched a new venture called Yellow Frog Graphics. The company has received the Lowen Certification, which is the industry’s leading training program for vinyl graphics installation. This training will take our vinyl graphics installation to the next level and contribute to the success of Yellow Frog Graphics and your business. Currently, the vinyl graphics company is located in the plant in Wathena, Kansas.