By Peter G. Hempenstall, NTEA Director of Outreach
This article was published in the March 2019 edition of NTEA News.
NTEA recently crossed paths with Levan Machine & Truck Equipment, a distributor member headquartered in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. This third-generation, family-owned business has been in the same location for 83 years.
Levan Machine & Truck Equipment was started in 1936 by Walter Levan, grandfather of current CEO and President Brian Levan. The business began as a machine shop catering to local mushroom farmers and nearby townships, providing machinery, general repair and welding services. During World War II, Walter was called to join the U.S. Navy. While he was away on active military duty, his wife Sarah learned to use a lathe and continued running the company, supporting the government’s war effort.
Although the business tinkered with custom truck upfits in its early years, it didn’t officially launch a commercial truck upfit division until 2007. After partnering with companies like Boss Snowplow, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company and EBY Truck Bodies, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment grew exponentially in the early 2000s. Now, the machine shop has customers throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe and South America.
The business is situated in four buildings spread across adjacent properties, with off-site storage locations for inventory and chassis. Levan Machine & Truck Equipment’s largest expansion was completed in July 2017, with the opening of a third truck production facility — an 8,000-square foot space that allows for introduction of new product lines. The company now has buildings specifically designed to handle work truck installation.
Aerial view of Levan Machine & Truck Equipment (Fleetwood, Pennsylvania). Learn more at levanmachine.com.
Operating with about 32 employees, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment is committed to continually addressing challenges of an ever-changing upfitter marketplace while meeting customer needs. An extensive parts department and abundance of aftermarket truck accessories are examples of how the organization assists its clientele. The company is continually adding services and product lines to its offerings.
Levan Machine & Truck Equipment is proud to service all products it sells — a competitive advantage. The company’s reputation for unique custom work in its machine and truck shops aligns with its core values. Vendor partnerships, quality products and exceptional
customer support are keys to growth.
The company has been recognized by the Greater Reading (Pennsylvania) Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 50 businesses in its market. In addition, it’s part of NTEA’s Member Verification Program (ntea.com/mvp), which recognizes eligible companies in the work truck industry for outstanding business practices and successful implementation of quality standards.
For more information, visit levanmachine.com, call 610-944-7455 or stop by 3417 Pricetown Road in Fleetwood