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O'Halloran International celebrates anniversary

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cherokee business hosts Open House Friday

O'Halloran International on South U.S. Highway 59 in Cherokee will be celebrating its 3rd Anniversary in Cherokee Friday, with the Chamber of Commerce Friday Coffee, prizes, displays, and refreshments offered throughout the day. Photo by Chris Reed
O'Halloran International is celebrating its third anniversary in Cherokee on Friday with an Open House -- including a Chamber Coffee, Fuel Management class, and prize giveaways throughout the day.

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.

A 2008 LoneStar International Truck will be on display Friday at O'Halloran International's Anniverary Open House in Cherokee. Photo contributed
"We work to improve up-time and decrease overall costs so our customers can focus on their business and serving their customers better," according to Hirschman. The team in Cherokee consists of technicians, parts counter, and delivery staff, and a new and used truck salesman. Rental, leasing, financing, and fleet management are also available through O'Halloran International.

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.

Quick Facts on Next Page***

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.

Quick Facts

*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

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