O'Halloran in Cherokee is located on South U.S. Highway 59. That location operated under the Bushlow's name prior to that and most of the Bushlow's team, including Steve Hirschman as leader, transitioned to O'Halloran International.
O'Halloran provides transportation services to a variety of customers, large and small, in Cherokee. On any given week you can drive by and see buses, farm vehicles, over-the-road semi tractors or even snow plows.
Through five locations in four cities in central Iowa and mobile capabilities, O'Halloran International services all makes and models of diesel trucks, has trucks available via lease or rental, sells used trucks and new International ™ trucks, performs body work, offers financing, and helps businesses manage their fleets -- through well-trained manpower, reporting, and technology. O'Halloran International is an employee-owned business with a steadfast focus on people; the roller coaster economy has created the opportunity for even more technician training and development.
O'Halloran International's approach is to invest in serving local customers and that includes helping them apply for State stimulus money, increasing local parts inventory, after-hours service, mobile maintenance for fleets, and offering classes (like the Fuel Management class on August 21) onsite. "We believe investing locally is the right approach and that local expertise means better service and parts availability for our customers," says Jim O'Halloran, President.
A couple economy-appropriate products and services will be featured during Friday's Open House. A new economy parts line, PARTSMART, will be featured; PARTSMART parts are good quality replacement parts with one year warranty available at low prices.
"Good fuel management and treatment saves money and improves up-time over the long run, something we are all looking for these days. People have a mindset that if you go to a dealership you'll pay 20 to 30 percent more. We are out to try and change that mindset," according to Daneille Slifka, Director of Marketing.
Attend the Open House Friday for fun, prizes and ideas on how to save money.
Growth of O'Halloran International into Multi-Location Business
|1981:||Jim O'Halloran, Sr., forms O'Halloran International in Altoona.|
|1999:||Purchased Rueter dealership in Carroll.|
|2004:||Established a service & maintenance shop in Fort Dodge.|
|2006:||Formed a partnership with International in Cherokee, formerly Bushlow's.|
|2009:||Purchased a shop and truck sales business, M & M Truck Sales, from Merl and Cindy Meier.|
|*||Five locations in four cities: Altoona/Des Moines, Carroll, Cherokee, Fort Dodge (Two locations in Fort Dodge.)|
|*||Web site -- www.ohallorans.com|
|*||Employee-owned (ESOP) since 1993|
|*||Over 100 employees, ongoing investment in technician training|
|*||Serve primarily 44 counties in central Iowa|
Transportation services include:
|*||Truck sales -- salesman on site in Cherokee|
-New International ™ trucks
|-Used trucks -- all makes and models|
|*||Parts -- all makes and models|
|*||Service -- all makes and models|
|*||Fleet Maintenance Management including Mobile Maintenance|
|*||Training and education|
-Industry topics -- 2010 emissions, fuel management & operating efficiency
-Technical training -- HVAC, brake, drive train, more