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O'Halloran International celebrates milestone

Monday, June 20, 2011

O'Halloran International is celebrating 30 years in business this week. Pictured are the employees at Cherokee's O'Halloran International. Front row, left to right, Justin Collins, Tin Vithayasab, and Willie Good. Back row, left to right, Kevin Schmillen, James Carstens, Shannon Jansen, Don Newell, Michelle Clark, John Koster, Chuck Knobe, Kelly Kannegieter, Corey Moritz, and Steve Hirschman. Photo by Chris Reed
O'Halloran International is celebrating its 30th year in business.

Despite a lagging economy, emissions regulations and fluctuating fuel prices, they have some fresh new things to talk about.

They are happy to be serving folks in the Cherokee area for the past five years and are thankful that their customers stick with them.

O'Halloran International was founded with its first location in Altoona, in 1981 and is a truck dealership plus a lot more -- providing an array of 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 snowplows.

"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 Steve Hirschman General Manager.

O'Halloran in Cherokee is located on Highway 59 and that location has a rich history. It served the Cherokee area from 1919 to 2006 under operation by Bushlow's. Much of the Bushlow's team, including Hirschman as leader, transitioned from Bushlows to O'Halloran International five years ago.

Through four locations in central Iowa and mobile capabilities, O'Halloran International services and sells parts for all makes and models of diesel trucks and buses as well as trailers. They lease and rent trucks and sell used trucks and new International trucks. The Cherokee shop also helps businesses manage their fleets, through well-trained manpower, reporting, and technology.

O'Halloran International is Iowa-based and employee-owned. Its approach is to invest in serving local customers and that includes increasing local parts inventory, their new Emergency Breakdown Service available 24 hours-seven days a week, mobile maintenance for fleets, and offering classes (like the Diagnosing and Trouble-Shooting Electronics class on June 23) 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 Jr., President.

They are constantly investing in shop technology and looking for economy-appropriate products and services. The Cherokee location has steadily increased the products and services it offers -- all will a focus on decreasing down time and operating vehicles as efficiently as possible.

* The new TerraStar will be on site this week (unless it's sold). The O'Halloran local salesmen would be glad to help spec out a truck; the TerraStar is flexible, an option for fire trucks, landscaping, pick-up and delivery and more. John Koster is the local Cherokee salesman.

* Emergency Breakdown service -- O'Halloran understands that downtime is lost revenue for their customers -- as much as $1000 a day for a 'basic' breakdown including towing, repairs and lost wages. O'Halloran's new Emergency Breakdown Service truck, staffed with a seasoned technician, again available 24 hours-seven days a week, will go to the vehicle to repair it.

* Community outreach -- very soon O'Halloran will be rolling out a new community outreach program called Truckin' for the Troops and is designed to support and encourage citizenship in local students of all ages. This effort is being spearheaded by the company President Jim O'Halloran, Jr.

The O'Halloran team will be hosting activities throughout this week. Hirschman and Michele Clark are the Masters of Ceremony on these activities. For more information call 225-2553 or stop out and visit O'Halloran International in Cherokee at 1324 S. 2nd St.

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