Aftermarket distributor FleetPride, Inc. has acquired Mandal Truck and Trailer in Lathrop, Calif., rounding out the total number of FleetPride locations in California to 20
. The purchase includes a lease of the 11,520-square-foot facility dedicated to truck and trailer parts and service.

Ed Castles, Mandal Truck and Trailer's previous owner, will stay on in the role of branch manager, and employment offers were extended to all employees.

"Mandal Truck and Trailer is located along the I-5 corridor and serves the agriculture industry in the San Joaquin valley as well as high-tech companies, quarries, lumber mills and timber product producers in the foothills and mountains to the east," said Steve Turnlund, regional manager. "It strengthens our mid-California footprint by shortening the distance between our existing branch locations in the state and will be well-served from the Visalia distribution center."

"Easy access to a broad array of heavy-duty truck and trailer products enables both our local and national customers to establish a local source for just-in-time inventory," said Mike Paxton, vice president of business development and strategic planning.

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