Dec. 11–INGALLS — Work is moving forward on the new General Truck Sales dealership, and executives at the Muncie-based company project it will open in July.
The 71,000-square-foot dealership is under construction in the Ingalls Interpark area at the southwest corner of Interstate 69 and Indiana 13. The dealership is expected to create 40 to 50 jobs.
“This facility will allow the company to provide better service to new and existing customers in the Indianapolis metropolitan area and central Indiana,” said Tina Rodgers, chief operating officer of the company.
Located on a 19-acre site, the dealership will sell new Volvo and Hino trucks, and all makes of used trucks. There will be an indoor sales showroom, 30 service bays for repairs, as well as unspecified driver and employee amenities.
Collision repairs will still be performed at the company’s facility in Muncie, which will continue to serve as corporate headquarters.
The new facility in Ingalls is the company’s second expansion in two years, Rodgers said. In October 2017, the company opened a new 93,000-square-foot store in Toledo to serve customers in Ohio and Michigan.
The Ingalls Planning Commission granted the company final approval to build the dealership July. The company first approached Ingalls with plans to build a new dealership at the interstate’s Exit 214 nearly a decade ago. Because of the onset of the Great Recession, however, those expansion plans were shelved.
“It just didn’t work out,” said former Ingalls Town Manager Tim Millikan. “And all these years later, they came back around and they presented their plan and it was accepted.”
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