About Defiance Truck Sales
In 1955, Ralph and Louise Hammersmith owned a small fleet of International over the road tractors and were looking for a better value for the service and parts needs to maintain their fleet. They purchased Defiance Truck Sales and Service from the existing owners and operated it from the original location on Baltimore Road in Defiance, OH. Ralph oversaw the service and parts side of the company, while Louise handled the bookkeeping and office duties.
After almost ten years, they relocated to a new facility in 1964 as the business grew and more traffic frequented the very busy US 24 transporting cargo between Toledo, OH and Fort Wayne, IN. This would be the company’s home until the new, current facility was built across the road in 1975 at the corner of US 24 and Carpenter Road.
The new dealership boasted fourteen service bays and a large warehouse for holding a wide variety of stock parts and accessories. Customer service was their top priority, and Defiance Truck Sales was well on its way to becoming one of the best known medium and heavy duty truck repair facilities in the tri-state area. Having grown up around trucks and sharing the same love for the International brand, one of their sons, Craig, returned home to Defiance during the mid 1980’s from living in Vermont. He went back to work in the dealership with his parents until he and his wife, Chris, purchased it in 1991.
They’ve continued to build and develop Defiance Truck Sales and Service by offering custom built cargo trailer fabrication since 2000 and also acquiring Idealease franchise capability in 2004 to offer rental and leasing options to their customers. Again in 2008, Defiance Truck Sales Idealease would expand with double the parking area and an additional entrance for trucks during the “Fort to Port” major highway renovation. This resulted in US 24 becoming four lanes from Toledo, Ohio to Fort Wayne, Indiana and created a new overpass of Carpenter Road over US 24 for increased safety.
Craig and Chris Hammersmith still carry on the reputation of delivering the highest quality services at the best possible value they can pass along to their customers. Their team of professionals maintains pride in their work in each department, whether it is in service and parts, truck rental, or sales and leasing. Truck customers come to “Hammer’s Place” from all over the country to have their equipment maintained and repaired. The tradition of quality work at a fair price continues with this family owned and operated company.