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over sixty years, the valley has placed its faith in Bonander.
The conception of Bonander
Auto, Truck & Trailer Group happened over 60 years ago. Einer
Johnson and Emory Bonander became partners in a small Studebaker
franchise in the heart of Turlock's bustling downtown. While Einer
focused on the sales end of the operation, it was Emory who drove
the parts and service end of the facility. For over two decades,
J&B sold and serviced Studebaker's until the manufacturer's
sunset in the 1960's. Seeing the end of Studebaker coming, Emory
looked a few blocks to the east to Wennell Pontiac. For the next
thirty years, Emory would come to call 231 South Center Street
and Dorothy Bonander at home in their Studebaker store on Broadway
Street in downtown Turlock.
Pontiac at the time that Emory Bonander became a partner. The
building, though considerably different today still houses the
headquarters for Bonander Auto, Truck & TrailerGroup.
In 1963, the Wennell
family, looking to retire from the automotive business saw an
opportunity to pass the torch to an enthusiastic Emory Bonander.
While Emory became a partner initially, within a year or so, he
had bought out complete ownership of the Pontiac store.
Above, in the
mid 1960's, Bonander purchased the local Buick franchise and moved
it to the showroom on South Center Street. Pictured above, for
posterity, left, Emory Bonander's son, Donald Bonander, and Emory,
right, pose in front of a new Buick.
Since the 1960's, Bonander
has seen ongoing and constant expansion and growth. The company,
during the late 1960's acquired GMC, as well as brands like International
and became a recognized figure in valley trucking through their
sales and service operations. In 1995, the truck operations, which
had been located in downtown Turlock found a new shingle on Golden
State Boulevard on the northern edge of Turlock. The new, state
of the art facility allowed for an expanded parts and service
department, and situated on nearly 12 acres of land, came to serve
Bonander's commercial truck customers even better than before.
In recent years, Bonander
has increased its dominance in the medium duty GMC truck operations.
Years ago, medium duty was but a mere afterthought with the dealership
selling but a handful of W-series, 4500 or 5500 trucks annually.
Today, however, things have changed. Frank Goldsmith and Steve
Mannion, Bonander's leading fleet specialists, have injected new
life into the truck operation. Today, the store stocks a wide
variety of trucks and they specialize in custom bodies and upfits.
For instance, of recent, the store has experienced increased sales
in propane vehicles. Additionally, Bonander has served as a vendor
to the State of California, providing many trucks to CalTrans
and other California entities.
When Emory Bonander
passed away in October 1998, son Don took over the entire operation.
Today, the Bonander organization remains a very intimate, family
environment that operates on the same principles of honesty and
integrity, just as it did when Emory were here. Don Bonander,
and his wife Wendy, helm the entire operation from their Madera
and Turlock stores. Both are active in the business on a daily
basis and very committed to the continued growth of the business.
and Wendy Bonander, 2008.
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