How we became Thompson

Dennis Thompson began his career at the International affiliated truck dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1976 as a mechanic’s helper.  Over the next 20 years, he progressed through the Company’s management.  In 1998, Dennis purchased Hawkeye International Trucks, later renaming the business Thompson Truck & Trailer, with locations in Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Waterloo, Iowa. Since acquiring the International affiliated truck dealerships, he has taken pride on providing exemplary customer service and becoming “Partners for the Long Haul.”


Since Dennis purchased the business in 1998, the Company has continued to invest and expand its footprint and product offerings:


2000 – Moved Davenport, Iowa dealership from West River Drive to its current location at exit 292 off Interstate 80

2003 – Purchased Riverside Tractor Trailer, a full service truck dealership, Utility trailer dealership and Goodyear tire franchise in Dubuque, Iowa

2005 – Bought the International associated truck dealer in Decorah, Iowa

2007 – Opened a new full service truck dealership in Sterling, Illinois

2008 – Opened a full service Utility trailer dealership in Davenport, Iowa

2013 – Hawkeye International Trucks renamed Thompson Truck & Trailer, Inc.

2013 – Travis Thompson named president of Thompson Truck & Trailer, Inc. and Thompson Idealease.  Dennis Thompson named Chairman & CEO of Thompson Truck & Trailer, Inc. and Thompson Idealease

2015 – Sold Utility Trailer dealerships

2015 – Thompson breaks ground on a new full service truck dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with an expected relocation and grand opening in Winter 2016

2016 Dennis Thompson nominated for American Truck Dealers Truck Dealer of the Year


Thompson’s growth has been steady and vast throughout eastern Iowa and the western edges of Illinois and Wisconsin. The company’s focus on customer service has helped Thompson Truck & Trailer, Inc. position itself as a leader in the market place. Thompson's stature within the industry and International was duly noted in early 2012 when Thompson and the dealership were recognized with the Circle of Excellence Award. It is only given to those dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance with respect to operations and financial standards, market representation and customer satisfaction. It’s the highest honor a dealership can achieve from International. “The award received from International is a testament to what our company strives to accomplish every day – provide quality service that can offer solutions to our customers’ transportation equipment needs,” Thompson said.


Currently, Thompson companies employee more than 225 full-time employees and keeps average inventories of over $12,000,000, including trucks, tires, parts & accessories.  With a focus on the employee and the customer, Thompson exceeds the customer’s expectations by providing the best customer service, employing the best talent available and empowering employees to do the right thing.  

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