Hill International Trucks Continues To Grow With Acquisition Of Truck Sales & Service, Inc.

November 2023

East Liverpool, OH – Hill International Trucks is proud to announce that they will be acquiring Truck Sales & Service, Inc., which includes five dealership locations across Eastern and Central Ohio, on September 1, 2023. The locations in Canton, Mansfield, Marietta, New Philadelphia, and Norwalk, OH are full service International Truck, IC Bus, and Idealease dealerships. 

Prior to the acquisition, both dealer groups were among the oldest in the country. Truck Sales & Service is the 7th oldest International Truck Dealer in the Country representing the truck brand for 90 years, while Hill International Trucks has been in business for 126 years, but offering the International Truck line for 84 years ranking as the 9th oldest International Truck Dealer. As Hill International Trucks takes control of this new territory, local customers can rest assured that they will not be losing the “family company” feel they enjoyed with Truck Sales & Service. “An integral part of the identity of Hill International Trucks is found in our roots as a family-owned company. As we grow, we take special care to remember where we came from and how we were founded.” says Steve Hill, fourth generation owner of Hill International Trucks.   

One of the most exciting aspects of this acquisition for Hill International Trucks is the inclusion of an IC Bus franchise, International's bus manufacturer. Hill International's Parts & Service Departments have been serving numerous bus customers for years, and now the company will be able to provide these customers with the buses they use every day.

With this acquisition, Hill International Trucks operates a total of 10 locations between the International Truck, IC Bus, and Idealease franchises. In addition to those dealerships, the company also owns six NAPA Auto Parts locations and one Ford dealership. Hill International Trucks is proudly a MAC Trailer dealer which allows them to sell new MAC trailers. In 2023, Hill International Trucks was awarded with the “MAC Millions” and “MACnificent” awards by MAC Trailer for outstanding performance. 

Hill International Trucks has been serving the trucking industry of the Tri-State area for the past 126 years. Founded in Lisbon, Ohio in 1897 by Oswin Spencer Hill, the company had its beginnings as a farm hardware and equipment store. Oswin's son, Donald, then added the International Truck Franchise in 1939 and dropped the farm equipment lines in 1956. Don's son, Jack, opened the East Liverpool location in 1961 and operated both facilities until 1965 when the Lisbon store was closed. The company was moved to its present location on 8 acres on the Y & O Road at State Route 170 and State Route 11 in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1971. Today, the company is under the direction of fourth generation owner, Steve Hill. In 1997, Hill International Trucks joined Idealease, Navistar's Truck Rental and Leasing operation with the opening of Hill Idealease in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The Wheeling store at #1-27th Street was added in 1979. In 2003, Hill International Trucks opened their third store in Washington, PA. In 2007, Hill International Trucks built a new facility in Eighty Four, PA to replace the Washington, PA location. In early 2021, Hill International Trucks moved into the Pittsburgh market opening a location in nearby Aliquippa, PA. The company grew again in late 2021 when they built and opened a new state-of-the-art facility in St. Clairsville, OH. As one of the oldest families of heavy truck dealerships in the country, Hill International Trucks continually pursues excellence in all areas of their business and takes pride in the role they play supporting the transportation industry.