In 1950, Jerry Fouts and his brother, C.J., opened a gas station and tire-recapping business in Smyrna, Ga., a small Atlanta suburb. They called themselves Fouts Bros., and as the years passed, that enterprise gave rise to a variety of automotive-related ventures, including a parts store, Nissan franchise and truck-body building. Today, what started out as a small country gas station is a nationally known leader in the commercial-truck business.
In 1984, Nissan began importing a medium-duty, diesel truck called UD, and Fouts Bros. was one of the first dealers to take on the franchise. Since that time, the company has become one of the top three full-line commercial-truck dealers in the country--both in sales and parts. It was the first dealer to put a towing and recovery body on a UD truck, which today is a principal choice for the self-storage industry. In 1986, the brothers added the Isuzu and GMC lines to their offering, creating a broad spectrum of medium-duty trucks for customers to choose from.
The key element to the success of Fouts Bros. over the years has been its dedication to being a truck specialist. Today, commercial trucks are the company's only business, as it takes on the role of transportation manager for its customers. Its trained sales staff has the knowledge to determine the appropriate truck for each customer's needs--and then supply it. Fouts Bros. supplies trucks to customers of all vocations within the the United States and Bermuda, including vending, landscaping, rent-to-own franchises and self-storage, just to name a few. It attends tradeshows all over the country to learn the needs of the industries it sells to.
The service department at Fouts Bros. has 14 full-size bays and a staff of certified mechanics ready to repair customers' trucks and get them back to work as soon as possible. Its mechanics are certified to work on Isuzu, GMC, UD and Caterpillar Diesel engines, and Allison transmissions. It also offers a "Mobile Maintenance" truck that will travel to a customer's place of business after-hours or on weekends to perform oil changes, check-ups and other minor repairs.
The parts department at Fouts Bros. is one of the largest and highest-volume part distributors for commercial trucks in the United States. It has been the No. 1 UD parts department in the United States for the past 15 years, and is currently ranked in the top 10 for Isuzu truck-part sales. Fouts Bros. stocks a full warehouse of commercial-truck parts, and those it doesn't carry can be ordered and shipped overnight. It also has the ability to ship parts worldwide.
Fouts Bros. is proud of its top-dealer status, not only for UD trucks, but all its product lines. Today, the company sells and services several medium to large fleet accounts, as well as provides financing and leasing. It has been awarded the GMC 5-Star Award for national excellence, Ichiban (No. 1) status with Isuzu, and UD's national Dealer of the Year award for 1998. For self-storage operators in the market for a new or used commercial truck for their business, Fouts Bros. can provide the right truck for the right price.
Today, Fouts Bros. is managed by second-generation family members: Jerry's daughter, Sarah Wilder, and her husband, Bob. As they look to the future, they are grooming their son, Jason, to one day take over the business for the next generation. They hope to instill in him all they have learned from their forerunners: Give the customer the best service at the fairest price and be there when he needs you, and success will follow.
For more information or a price quote, call 800.948.5044; visit www.foutsbros.com.