The Inland Story
Inland is comprised of five successful business entities:
- Heavy truck sales
- Heavy equipment sales
- Truck leasing and rental
Each of these contributes in a unique way to the overall corporate health of the company. It is this close integration between them that has played a large role in Inland growing to over 1,500 employees and spanning from the Yukon in Canada’s North to California, Arizona, and New Mexico in the South.
The origins of Inland date back to the late 1940s when founder Lloyd Parker launched Parker Pacific Equipment, selling US war surplus vehicles for use in Canada.
Less than a decade later, Mr. Parker’s success led him to start Inland Kenworth, opening his first dealership in 1957. As one of the first Kenworth dealers in Canada, expectations from customers wanting a premium quality truck were high. Mr. Parker knew that and prepared himself and his staff to deliver.
By the end of the 1960s, Inland had grown to 10 dealership locations, all following the integrity and customer service focus of Mr. Parker himself. The staff was treated well and many spent their entire career with Inland.
The 1980s were a time of both economic prosperity and hardship. With high interest rates and an economic recession, many organizations focused solely on surviving. Despite these challenging times, Inland had its sights set on expansion and acquired Southern California Kenworth dealerships in Fontana and Los Angeles, as well as a dealership in Phoenix, Arizona.
Not only did the 1980s see international expansion—Inland also diversified by partnering with heavy equipment brands CASE Construction Equipment, Tigercat Forestry Equipment, and Link-Belt.
The early 2000s were good to Inland as the company acquired Kenworth dealerships in Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico and opened a dealership in Tucson, Arizona. The Los Angeles dealership was moved to Montebello to make it more convenient to access and enable it to accommodate more customers.
By the early 2010s, Inland opened locations in Carson and San Diego to continue delivering our trademark customer service.
Inland realized that more customers were seeking out quality, cost-effective parts that fit any make or model of truck. In 2016, Inland opened an Inland TRP Parts store in Dawson Creek, which specializes in All-Makes parts.
To provide more support for customers traveling across Canada, Inland acquired Custom Truck Sales – a Kenworth dealer in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This added six locations to Inland and provided invaluable insight into how another successful dealership operates.