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Rocky Mountain Diesel Ltd. Acquires Canada’s Second Largest Western Star Dealership

Chris Thom standing next to a Western Star truck.

May 16, 2018

CRANBROOK, B.C. – Rocky Mountain Diesel Ltd. (RMD), a family owned and operated company since 1981, is pleased to announce it has completed the acquisition of Dunlop Western Star Truck Centre Ltd. in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, Alberta.

As a result, RMD, which has been a Western Star dealer since 1991, will rebrand its Cranbrook location to Dunlop Truck Centres. With a focus on unification and growth, company president Chris Thom is excited to build upon the Dunlop brand and its proud 19-year history.

“This acquisition is a testament to the strength of two strong customer-focused companies,” said Thom. “We are proud of our history and look forward to a bright future with the Dunlop brand and the people who make this company great.”

Going forward, Randy Dunlop, co-founder and former president of Dunlop Western Star Truck Centre, will continue employment for an additional two years to assist in the transition and help direct growth.

“Chris, Gary and I are very excited about the future,” said Dunlop. “Our mutual goal is to grow two existing companies. Our values are very similar and our focus on customer satisfaction is universal. We don’t anticipate any drastic changes to either operation, the acquisition is complimentary and will allow us to offer better coverage for all our customers.”

The merger aims to create stronger brand awareness and superior customer service for Western Star across Southern Alberta and Southern B.C.

About Rocky Mountain Diesel

Established in 1981, Rocky Mountain Diesel Ltd. is a rapidly growing dealer of Western Star and Cummins engines. RMD also offers service on Detroit Diesel engines and all major truck engine brands. It has a separate collision repair facility at its location in Cranbrook. Since 2008, when current ownership took over, the company has quadrupled its revenue growth. An excellent track record of customer service and company culture have contributed to RMD’s success.

About Dunlop Western Star Truck Centre

Founded by Randy and Gary Dunlop in 1999, Dunlop Western Star Truck Centre Ltd. is a family owned and operated company with two locations and over 70 employees. As the second largest Western Star dealer in Canada and the fifth largest in North America, Dunlop Western Star Truck Centre carries with it a strong legacy of traditional family and rural values and ethical business practices, providing the company with a strong and loyal customer base.

Chris Thom standing next to a Western Star truck.
Chris Thom is pictured here at the Dunlop Truck Centre in Lethbridge.