Carl and Ken Bumgardner are the father-son team that heads up Royal Truck and Trailer Sales. They are shown here with the company’s third Detroit area location, this one in Warren MI on the city’s northeast side.
Royal got its Warren location when it acquired a 45-year-old truck and trailer repair shop. One of the first things the company did was create this parts counter and display area.
Aisles of supermarket-style shelves put plenty of parts on display. This area of the Royal shop in Warren is sandwiched between the parts counter and the warehouse.
All Type Truck and Trailer Repair bought Remke/Ekmer, a beverage body manufacturer and repair operation in 1996. These aluminum extrusions can be cut to length to rebuild beverage body doors for bodies built by Remke and other manufacturers.
When Royal acquired All Type last year, an extensive inventory of medium and heavy truck springs were part of the deal.
Royal can fabricate leaves for truck and trailer suspensions.
The shop makes custom U-bolts.
Hydraulic hoses can be made to customer specifications.
This truck with 12-ft aluminum body, one of two that Royal owns, delivers palletized goods to customers and does double duty plowing the company’s parking lot in the wintertime.
A fabrication shop can produce many of the parts that service techs require.
The Royal graphics department produces decals for the shop to install.
The shop is equipped with a 60-ft and a 70-ft paint booth.
The paint and body shop offers custom colors and treatments, such as this metal-flake green cab and service body.
A 70-ft blast booth prepares surfaces for paint.
The scope of the markets that Royal serves is evident by the types of vehicles waiting for repair: refuse truck, dry-freight van, auto transporter, municipal bus, refrigerated trailer, and dump.
Frame-straightening bay is one additional service that Royal can offer.
Royal repairs many of the buses that operate in the Detroit area bus system.
Brett Ostrander is the general manager of the Warren operation.
Customers can wait in comfort when their truck or trailer requires quick service work such as DOT inspections.
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