Gerald Tallman has been a gift to our community for many, many years. His generosity and commitment to his community has brought tremendous benefits to the economic, and, most importantly perhaps, the social development of North Grenville. From his early days at a gas station at Rideau and Sanders, Gerald has been part of the Kemptville scene, becoming probably the most successful entrepreneur this area has ever known. The Group was awarded the 2015 International Trucks North American dealership of the year, and Gerald received the International Trucks Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.
Tallman Group is recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and the 2015 International Trucks North American dealership of the year. So the Grand Opening of the new Tallman Group location in the Colonnade Mall last weekend was a wonderful event, with a huge crowd turning out to celebrate with the Tallmans and their employees. With a fantastic BBQ supplied by Woodland BBQ from Spencerville, this was a great milestone in the history of both the Tallman Group and North Grenville.
Kevin Tallman, Gerald’s son, gave the following remarks to the assembled crowd:
The town of Kemptville holds a very special place in my heart; it’s the community where I was born and raised. It is also the community where Tallman Truck Centre began its business, more than 40 years ago. My Dad purchased the first Truck Centre back in 1973, from his good friend Ken Seymour (who was also a successful business man and a lifelong resident of Kemptville). In the beginning, our company employed a modest staff of 20 people. Over the years, our company has grown substantially. We have built locations and opened dealerships in many Municipalities, throughout the province. Today, we own and operate 11 locations throughout Ontario, and now employ over 500 people, making us the largest International truck dealer in Canada.
In 2015, our company launched a new marketing and branding initiative. Our marketing team developed a new company logo, which is prominently displayed on our new building here in Kemptville. In addition to our new company logo, we also introduced a new company tagline: “Great People…..Great Service….Always There”. This new tagline, although simple, is incredibly important. It describes who we are, and what we do.
When I am out speaking with employees and customers, I am often asked: “how have you guys built such a great company”? I always answer that question the same way. I say: “it’s simple really. We just hire and retain the best people in the industry. We just offer the industry’s best customer service, and we make sure we are “Always there” for our customers, for our employees, and also for the communities we serve.
Over the past 43 years, we have built our company on these core values. We have always searched out the best and brightest people, to join the Tallman Team. We have always tried hard to provide a challenging and rewarding work environment for all our employees, with a strong emphasis on Teamwork, Honesty, Integrity and giving back to the Community.
We are grateful for the success our company has enjoyed over the years, and we are proud of our accomplishments. But we have never forgotten where we came from.
Today, we are honoured to unveil our newest flagship dealership, in the same community that gave us our start, more than 43 years ago! We are very proud to be able to make this kind of investment, in such a great community. In closing, I would like to thank our customers, our suppliers, our employees, and also the wonderful community of Kemptville, for helping make our company such a great success!