Leslie Doggett Industries Acquires Freightliner Truck and Detroit Diesel Dealerships in Austin Texas and Surrounding Area
Through its heavy duty truck division, Doggett acquired dealerships for Freightliner, Western Star, and Detroit Diesel from the Austin Freightliner Group of commercial dealerships previously owned by the Jay Hendrix Family. Financial terms of the acquisitions in Austin, Georgetown, and Buda, Texas, were not disclosed.
The acquisitions from Austin Freightliner Group complement Doggett's existing footprint of Freightliner dealerships in San Antonio, El Paso, and cities in the Rio Grande Valley including Laredo, Pharr, and Brownsville.
"Bringing Austin Freightliner into the company culture that has led to all our success will be a win-win for our customers and our team of dedicated folks," said Paul Burk, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Doggett Truck Group. "Doggett has historically doubled the number of technicians after acquisitions providing best-in-class training, processes, benefits, and compensation packages. We plan to dramatically grow Austin Freightliner the same way."
Doggett grew its dealership count to 40 with the additions in the Austin market. The firm has locations or geographic coverage in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico. In April 2021, Doggett announced acquiring Western Star, Autocar Trucks, and Detroit Diesel locations in the San Antonio market from Grande Group.
Doggett is the Freightliner, Western Star, and Autocar dealer for the state of Arkansas with locations in Little Rock, Van Buren, Searcy, and the Springdale/Fayetteville market. The family-owned heavy equipment dealer bought privately-held Truck Centers of Arkansas for $103 million in May 2018.
In 2019, Doggett Truck Group acquired Truck Enterprises Inc., an authorized Western Star, Detroit Diesel, and heavy duty trailer dealer, which added locations in El Paso and Carlsbad, New Mexico and grew the company headcount. Less than a month later, Doggett picked up the privately held Great Dane Trailer distributor/dealer for El Paso, Laredo, and McAllen/Pharr, Texas, with territory stretching to Las Cruces, New Mexico.