WEST CHESTER (May 12) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently recognized Wm. Cohen & Sons, Inc. on its 65th year in business selling and repairing trucks and truck parts.

“Through hard work, innovation and a commitment to the highest standards of service, Wm. Cohen & Sons has grown into one of the most successful truck repair and part companies in the nation,” Dinniman said. “We are honored to have them right here in Chester County and I want to thank all of the employees, past and present, for their service in building this successful enterprise.”

Wm. Cohen & Sons, one of the largest remanufacturers of truck rears and transmissions on the East Coast, is quietly located on East Lincoln Highway in Thorndale.

“We are probably better known nationally and internationally than we are locally,” said Allan Cohen, President and General Manager. “We ship all over the world – China, Korea, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East. You name it.”

Pictured (from left to right): Senator Dinniman; Allan Cohen; Cohen's daughter, Ivy Egger and her husband, Jon Egger.

Pictured (from left to right): Senator Dinniman; Allan Cohen; Cohen’s daughter, Ivy Egger and her husband, Jon Egger.

According to Cohen, the company, which has its roots in a demolition and salvage business started by his grandfather in the 1920s, was officially started in 1950. Today, Wm. Cohen & Sons has about 20 employees and is one of only about a dozen companies in the nation that specializes in exclusively remanufacturing and repairing trucks.

Its Thorndale headquarters sits on 30 acres and is home to hundreds of used trucks and thousands of parts, including working vehicles, trailers and salvage vehicles. Wm. Cohen & Sons has an extensive warehouse and inventory of truck parts, including a 24-hour turnaround time for most parts and a large selection of rebuilt gas and diesel engines.

“We rebuild to factory specifications and then warranty the parts for 1 year,” he said. “When we’re done we’ve brought the parts back to the way they were when they came from the manufacturer. It’s just easier that way. We never see it again.”

Over time, Cohen said, the truck repair and remanufacturing business has changed considerably with the development of computer technological and the digital revolution.

“It’s changed dramatically,” he said. “You see it on cars, but it’s even more so on trucks. There are so many sensors and computers.”




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