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Inland buys Pacific operations in Houston, Smithers

Purchase beefs up Inland presence in central and northern B.C.
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Effective Feb. 29, Inland is taking over Pacific’s locations in Smithers and Houston. (Angelique Houlihan/Black Press Media)

There’s been another change in the heavy equipment and trucking sector in Bulkley Valley following the sale of Pacific Truck & Equipment to Inland Truck and Equipment.

Effective Feb. 29, Inland is taking over Pacific’s locations in both Smithers and Houston.

The purchase will add to Inland’s existing 44 locations in western Canada, southern California, Arizona and New Mexico.

The purchase marks a return of Inland to the region.

“Through the years, our relationship with the Inland team has remained very positive—even following their departure from the area,” said Pacific Truck & Equipment co-owner Kevin Groot in a release.

“Given that several of Inland’s team members are from the region, their connection here is well-established—and I am happy about welcoming Inland back.”

Inland has already been beefing up its presence in central and northern B.C. with redevelopments in Prince George, Fort St. John and Kamloops.

Inland chief operating officer Andrew Johnston said the Pacific purchase means the company can better serve key industries in Houston and Smithers.

The sale follows the decision by Finning to significantly reduce its Houston presence by closing its shop and office property and putting them up for sale.

Some of the Finning employees will stay in the area, working either directly in the field or from a smaller office in Houston.

The company cited a decline in the resource economy as the reason.