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Reading Truck Group buys Rayside Truck & Trailer

November 23, 2020 By    

Reading Truck Group, based in Reading, Pennsylvania, acquired Rayside Truck & Trailer, a regional work truck body, equipment, accessory and trailer upfitter and dealership based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

With the addition of Rayside, the number of Reading’s sites increases to 16 facilities nationwide.

“We are excited to welcome the Rayside team to the Reading Truck Group family,” says Alan Farash, president and COO of Reading Truck Group. “This strategic acquisition further establishes Reading as a nationwide manufacturer and upfitter of quality commercial truck bodies, equipment and services.”

Established in 1979, Rayside Truck & Trailer’s location in West Palm Beach will facilitate Reading’s growth in the Southeast. Reading also previously acquired Action Fabrication to better serve customers in the region, according to Farash.

“The Southeast Florida location is what first attracted us to Rayside, but it quickly became apparent that Rayside has much more to offer,” adds Eric McNally, Reading Truck Group’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Their attention to detail and ‘customer first’ attitude is exactly what we look for in an acquisition and provides a solid base for Reading’s growth in South Florida.”

“The combination of Rayside and Reading is a great fit,” says Charles Rayside, president and founder of Rayside. “Joining Reading Truck Group will be beneficial to our team and our customers. Reading shares our vision and is focused on providing its customers with the highest quality trucks and services in the nation.”

Reading Truck Group is a wholly owned business unit of J.B. Poindexter & Co., a designer, engineer, manufacturer and marketer of service and utility truck bodies, as well as other vocational truck bodies and related truck equipment. Reading’s manufacturing facility is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, but the company also owns other installation facilities under the Reading Truck Equipment division.

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