Truckin Thunder’s Beginnings
Our story began in 1978 in Richmond when Tom and Judy purchased a franchise for MING (Masters in Natural Glazing) and built the first store on Midlothian Turnpike. Their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit served them well as they established themselves in the automotive industry in the Richmond area.
As time passed, they both recognized the need and opportunity to provide aftermarket accessories for vehicles and it was at this time that the idea of Truckin Thunder was born. It wasn’t long before an addition was made to the Midlothian store to house the added demands of a growing business.
Expansion and the Acquisition of Ashland Hitch
By the 90’s, Truckin Thunder was the full focus of the business and then the location at West Broad Street in Richmond was built allowing them to better serve their community. With their forward thinking vision, Tom and Judy planned the growth of Truckin Thunder to include a facility in Fredericksburg where their 10,000 square foot warehouse would serve the growing business.
In 2004, we purchased Ashland Hitch which helped us to serve the Central Virginia market better. Today, Truckin Thunder and Ashland Hitch continue to be our family business. We have seen many changes over the years and are honored to be able to help people find just what they need for their vehicle.
We are active members of SEMA (Speciality Equipment Marketing Association) and NTEA (National Truck Equipment Association) which are industry leading associations that provide us with our continuing education programs and allow us to stay on the cutting edge of the best our industry has to offer.
Supporting Our Communities
We strive to serve our community and employees every day. Our company motto is “Proud employees in a family-friendly environment”.
We have had two primary charitable focuses over the years. The first is ChildHelp. Our roots with ChildHelp are deep and include financial support and volunteer hours to benefit the kids in this awesome program.
Our second focus has been the welfare of animals through the SPCA in Fredericksburg, Old Dominion Humane Society and the SPCA in Richmond. It is through these organizations that we help to improve the lives of pets.
Our Retail Team
Ashland Hitch Store Manager
Scott is an experienced manager and brings strong leadership skills to our team at Ashland Hitch. He joined us in 2014 where he began using his motivational skills to outpace our industry growth year after year.
Fredericksburg Store Manager
John joined our Truckin Thunder team in 2015. His foundation based in the automotive industry made him a natural fit at our growing Fredericksburg location. John prides himself in his friendly approach to helping each customer get the right part for the job.
Our Commercial Team
Director of Operations
Reba comes to our team with a wealth of relevant industry experience. She has been with us since 2004 and continues to help keep our vision and focus of growth with quality in line for Truckin Thunder and Ashland Hitch.
Commercial Sales - Northern VA
Vince joined our Truckin Thunder family in 2008. Vince’s extensive industry knowledge and impeccable attention to detail allows him to collaborate across our organization. His focus lies in the continued growth and development of our commercial customers in the Northern Virginia region.
Commercial Sales - Southern VA
Matt became a part of our Truckin Thunder team in 2008. His industry experience combined with his relationship oriented business approach makes him a natural fit to focus on the growth and development of our Southern Virginia region.
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