About Us

History

David A. Thompson founded TEC Equipment in 1976. During those early days in Portland, Oregon TEC Equipment was known as Thompson Equipment Company whose business was buying and selling used trucks and trailers.

Today, David is joined by his three sons, David O., Chris and William. This proud, family-owned business, is now the largest multi-point truck and trailer dealership on the west coast of the United States. We have 24 locations in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Arizona, serving a population base of more than 40 million people.

David Thompson with sons David O., William, and Chris

TEC Equipment, Inc.’s growth in the dealership industry is unprecedented. Our expansion from a single used truck center in Portland, Oregon to 24 truck and trailer dealerships in 16 cities in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, and Arizona is a tribute to this. Our focused strategy has yielded 40 years market share growth and financial stability.

All of our dealerships have been built (or rebuilt) from the ground up. Once profitable, our dealerships remain so, and TEC Equipment’s market share has dominated every market we have entered.

TEC Equipment has focused its growth along the Interstate 5 corridor. It is the route many of our original customers traveled and on which they continue to operate on today. Covering more than 2,000 miles of I-5, TEC Equipment is the only dealership group to offer this footprint seamless service, reliable pricing, discounted fuel, and extended hours. In addition to new and used truck and trailer sales, parts, and service, our dealerships provide truck leasing & rental, financing, insurance, and auto transport equipment sales and service.

Business Partnership
TEC Equipment, Inc. is proud to represent Volvo and Mack trucks as a franchised dealer in key markets. As manufacturers, Volvo and Mack have been committed to supporting TEC’s growth along the I-5 corridor, and over the years both dealer and manufacturer have formed a strong “Best Business Partner” relationship which has benefited each other and enabled TEC Equipment to provide first class customer service throughout the corridor.
Together, TEC Equipment, Volvo, and Mack have made significant inroads in growing market share in the western United States. Today, TEC Equipment, Inc. ranks among Volvo’s top dealers in North America.

Industry Recognition
TEC Equipment has received numerous other industry and community awards:

Dealership

   
Successful Dealer Magazine Dealer of the Year Randall-Reilly Publishing 2013
North American Dealer Of The Year Volvo Financial Services 2012
National Dealer Of The Year American Truck Dealers Assn. 2007
Symbols of Excellence Award Volvo 2005, 06
National “Share The Road” Award ATA 2004
North American Dealer Of The Year Volvo 2002
Western Region Dealer Of The Year Mack 2002, 03, 08, 09, 11, 12
Western Region Dealer Of The Year Volvo 2016
Award of Excellence—Best Facilities Volvo 2001
Successful Dealer Award Mack 2013

Truck & Trailer Sales

   
National Dealer Of The Year-Used Truck Operations Volvo 2006
National Multi-Million Dollar Club Volvo 2002-05
National Distributor Of The Year Mack 2002
National Class-8 Distributor Of The Year Mack 2002
National Million Dollar Club Mack 1999-05
National Master Sales Leader Volvo 1998-07
Wabash Ambassador Award Wabash 2016
1K Club Winner Volvo 2016

Truck Leasing and Rental

   
Volvo Leasing System Member of the Year Volvo 2013, 15
NationaLease Leadership Circle Award NationaLease 2013
NationaLease Rising Star NationaLease 2009
National Leasing Dealer Of The Year Mack 2003
National Leasing Dealer Of The Year Volvo 2003

Truck & Trailer Parts Sales

   
National Parts Dealer Of The Year Volvo/Mack 2006-08, 10
National Top-10 Parts Purchaser Volvo/Mack 2004, 05
Supplier Of The Year Oregon Trucker’s Assn. 2000
National Exceeding Business Plan Award Mack 1994-2006

Truck & Trailer Service

   
National New Truck & Engine Award Volvo Truck Finance 2005
National Premier Partner Volvo Truck Finance 2002-06

Business and Community Awards

   
Oregon's "8th Largest Privately Held Company" Oregon Business Magazine 2015, 2016
Oregon’s Top 100 Oregon Business Magazine 2006
Oregon’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” Oregon Business Magazine 2006
Local Business Partner Of The Year Portland Public Schools 1998
Corporate Philanthropy Award Portland Business Journal 2015