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Stoops expands dealer network in Michigan

Jan. 13, 2023
McCoy Group parent stays in growth mode, adding a Western Star dealership after recent purchase of Bay & Bay’s dry bulk operation through Foodliner

McCoy Group companies continue to grow.

The Foodliner and Quest Liner parent recently added a new Western Star dealership in Michigan through its Stoops brand, a division of Truck Country, after taking over the operations of Grand Traverse Diesel Service in Traverse City.

The group also recently purchased Bay & Bay’s dry bulk division, and announced plans to expands its corporate headquarters in Dubuque, Iowa.

The dealership now is part of Stoops Western Star of Michigan, an affiliate of Stoops Freightliner-Western Star. The company now operates 11 dealerships in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, including Stoops Trailer locations in Wayne, Michigan, as well as Indianapolis and Lafayette, Indiana. The move, effective Jan. 1, mergers two family-owned businesses, as Stoops acquired Grand Traverse from owners Dan and Sue Walters.

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The McCoy Group traces its roots to 1958 and now is owned by third-generation members of the McCoy family.

“On behalf of the entire Stoops team, I’d like to offer our sincerest thanks to Dan and Sue Walters for the great service they have provided to the trucking and transportation community over the past 36 years,” said Brian McCoy, president of Stoops Freightliner-Western Star. “We are excited to pick up right where they left off—providing expert service, a wide array of top-quality parts, and a sales team dedicated to meeting and exceeding customer needs.”

Customers can expect staffing to remain the same at Stoops Western Star of Michigan, as all former Grand Traverse employees have been welcomed into the Stoops family, the companies said. Also, Dan Walters will remain a part of Stoops Western Star as a lead sales consultant.

Additionally, offerings in the areas of parts and service work will expand, Stoops said.