The father and son team of Ken and Carl Bumgardner opened the doors to a new parts store October 3.
Layout and function of the new Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service parts store is patterned after the redesigned parts operation of its main facility in Dearborn MI. The company recently expanded its showroom and upgraded its parts warehouse.
Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service moved its corporate offices into the same location as its parts store. The facility, a former United Auto Workers Union hall in Wixom MI, also has one service bay for basic trailer repairs and service. The overwhelming majority of the service work is performed in one of 22 bays of the Royal shop in Dearborn.
Windows provide a link between the parts showroom and warehouse at the Dearborn facility.
Royal has broadened its parts offerings by taking on truck parts 18 months ago. The company started with exhaust parts and has been adding other types of truck parts monthly.
Filters are popular with Royal’s truck parts customers.
A 30,000-sq-ft parts warehouse in Dearborn feeds the parts sales operation at the front of the property as well as the newly opened parts store in Wixom.
This front-end loader has cleared the 10-acre Dearborn facility in two hours following 12-inch snowfalls.
This is one of two mobile service trucks that Royal has. The vehicles offer emergency roadside service as well as scheduled on-site fleet maintenance. The company also has seven pickup trucks and one medium-duty stake truck that run regularly scheduled parts delivery routes.
Royal recently converted a 20,000-sq-ft storage building into a shop that specializes in dry-freight and refrigerated van trailer repair.
Scissors lifts are used instead of scaffolds and ladders in the van repair shop.
Platforms and dumps are repaired in a separate building.
Royal has two automated machines for cleaning and polishing aluminum wheels.
Roy Bumgardner started Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service in 1970. The company is now under the direction of his grandson Ken and son Carl Bumgardner.
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