Monday, June 18, 2018
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Changes come to long-time business

TES Truck & Equipment Sales to add detail shop

From Schmeeckle’s Conoco to Schmeeckle’s Repair in the 1970s and later to G-TEC, the Schmeeckle family business has undergone another change.

The business recently changed its name to TES (Truck & Equipment Sales) and has a new parts and service department with advanced scanner and diagnostics equipment.

Business manager Jill Schmeeckle said the firm is equipped with the latest technology in engine diagnostics for trucks and other large vehicles like busses.

TES plans to cater to truckers in other ways such as the addition of a detailing shop, where trucks will be thoroughly cleaned.

Chrome parts to dress up trucks will also be for sale.

“And we’re looking at other avenues,” Jill said, noting that they’d also like to buy a popcorn popper for customers.

CEO and co-founder Connie Schmeeckle said they want the business “to be a Mom-and-Pop” one for the good of their trucking customers.

Connie plans to retire in the next few months but the business will remain in the Schmeeckle family.

Once located where Crazy Dick’s used to be west of the current business, Connie said crazy gas prices and fuel leaks necessitated a move to the current location at the corner of Avenue L and east Highway 30.

At the time, Ed Schmeeckle (Connie’s husband who died last October) had started lengthening the frames of semi-tractors and mounting boxes and hoists.

Connie said mounting boxes on farm trucks was a good business.

The Schmeeckles then added truck part sales and more mechanical repair and expanded in 1986 when they bought DeCamp Industries and the old Vannier Ford building in the area of their business.

TES is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 to noon Saturdays.

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