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 full service truck and trailer dealership on the west coast of the United States. We have 26 locations in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, and Arizona, serving a population base of more than 40 million people.
TEC Equipment’s growth in the dealership industry is unprecedented. Our expansion from a single used truck center in Portland, Oregon to 26 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.
TEC Equipment has focused its growth strategy along the Interstate 5 corridor. It is the route many of our original customers traveled and on which they continue to operate today. Covering more than 2,000 miles of I-5, TEC Equipment is the only dealership group to offer this footprint, providing 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.
TEC Equipment, Inc. is proud to represent Volvo and Mack trucks, and Wabash Trailers, as a franchise dealer in key markets across the West. As manufacturers, Volvo, Mack, and Wabash are 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, Mack, and Wabash 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.
1976 David Thompson founded Thompson Equipment Company.
1983 Transitioned to TEC Equipment, Inc.
1990 Acquired first franchise, a factory-owned Mack dealership in Portland, OR.
1994 Added two Volvo franchises in Portland, OR and Wilsonville, OR.
1997 Purchased a used truck center in Fontana, CA in 1997, first entry into the California market.
1998 Acquired the Mack Ontario, CA franchise
1999 Acquired the Mack Los Angeles, CA franchise.
2002 Continued to grow at a robust pace with the addition of the Volvo and GMC Los Angeles franchises and a used truck center in San Bernardino, CA.
2003 Purchased the Volvo and Mack franchises for Eugene, OR and Medford, OR.
2005 Purchased the Volvo, Mack and GMC franchises in Oakland, CA.
2006 Expanded to Nevada, acquiring the Volvo and Mack franchises for Reno
2007 Recognized as American Truck Dealers Association National Dealer Of The Year
2010 Acquired Mack & Volvo franchises for Las Vegas, NV and Mack and Volvo in San Francisco, CA.
2011 Opened a leasing and parts center in Tacoma, WA.
2012 Acquired Volvo in Seattle, followed by Mack 6 months later.
2013 Recognized as Successful Dealer Magazine Truck Dealer of the Year
2014 Acquired Wabash Trailer franchises in Portland, OR and Fontana and Sacramento, CA.
2015 Added Wabash Trailer franchise in Stockton, CA, building a new state of the art facility.
2016 Added Wabash Trailer franchise dealership in Phoenix, AZ
2017 Opened the largest truck dealership in North America, with a new, 174,000 sq ft. state of the art facility in Fontana, CA., with capacity to service over 100 trucks and 2 acres of parts warehouse.