Central Truck Center History

Established in 1969, Central Truck Center is celebrating 50 years serving The Mid-Atlantic Region as the Premier Kenworth and Isuzu Dealership. No other dealership is more experienced and more capable in handling the unique needs of customers in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Following is a brief history and profile of our dealership:

History

May 31

2019

Central Truck Center growth exceeds 400% over the last 10 years under the direction of Sam Keyton and Henry Meinhardt III

August 15

2009-2011

Central Truck Center overhauls and remodels both facilities to accommodate customers more comfortably and supply essential parts and service to a rapidly growing customer base. Stocking parts inventory is quadrupled to approximately $1.4 million

May 31

2008

Central Truck Center significantly expands its sales, service and parts warehouse capacity by acquiring an additional facility at 8319 Ardwick Ardmore Rd. Landover, MD 20785. The acquisition expands service capacity to 22+ service bays and includes four 5-ton overhead cranes.

May 11

2006

Central Truck Center is purchased by Sam Keyton and Henry Meinhardt III

February 24

2002

DIA is purchased by EFC Trade, relocated to Baltimore, MD and the name changed to North American Trade Schools.

June 22

1999

Central Truck Center is sold to James Burgess

April 11

1987

Central Truck Center is awarded dealership rights to the Isuzu line of trucks from Isuzu Commercial Truck of North America.

September 20

1983

DIA relocates to Granstville, MD. to allow for further expansion of the dealership

March 4

1970

Central Truck Center President Sheldon Monsein establishes the Diesel Institute of America (“DIA”) in an adjacent building to address the need for additional qualified technicians to service diesel engine vehicles in the Kenworth and GMC fleet. DIA is the first trade school in Maryland offering training in the repair and maintenance of diesel engines.

July 5

1969

Central Truck Center awarded the first Kenworth and GMC dealership serving the Baltimore / Washington DC Metro area and Mid-Atlantic region. The headquarters location at Ironwood Place in Landover, MD. Owners included; Ed Katz, Sheldon Monsein, Steve Buchner and Harold Hurwitz. Large fleet customers included such companies as Hechinger Company and Murray’s Steaks.