Ballard has been a good neighbor in our communities since 1906.
Founded as a blacksmith shop in 1906 – Ballard Truck Center is a 5th generation, family owned business.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without our guiding values being at the core of everything we do and who we are.
Ballard brings honesty and sincerity to the hard workers of our community – whether helping them grow or making them go.
To be the best experience in the full-service commercial trucks industry, for our customers and employees.
We don’t just preach it. We live it every day.
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Founded in Millbury, Massachusetts in 1906 as L.H. Ballard’s Garage, Ballard Truck Center has deep community ties and a long history of family values.
Ballard has been on the move since the beginning. A blacksmith and carriage maker by trade, Louis Ballard opened a small repair shop in 1906.
By 1918 the demand for automobile repairs was on the rise, and Louis officially opened L.H. Ballard’s Garage on Howe Avenue in Millbury, MA – or “Ballard’s” as locals would call it. His son Harold became his assistant.
Ballard’s was the first auto repair shop between Worcester and Blackstone, MA.
In 1928 with business doing well, Louis opened Ballard Motor Sales – a Chrysler dealership – on the adjacent property on Howe Avenue in Millbury, MA.
By 1940 Louis had 7 mechanics working full time for him as well as his son Harold.
In 1948 Harold Ballard and his wife, Minnie, took ownership of the dealership. They received the Chrysler Medal of Merit Award in 1951.
Throughout the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Ballard Motor Sales built a reputation for honest sales and service through repeat sales and hard work.
By 1982, Janet Grahn (Harold and Minnie’s niece) and John Picking (Janet’s nephew) began working for the dealership. With the added help, Harold and Minnie purchased Worcester Mack in 1988 and renamed it Ballard Mack Sales & Service – or Ballard Mack – where Steve Grahn (Janet’s son) begins working.
As Harold and Minnie stepped back from day-to-day operations, the Grahn’s and Picking’s worked throughout the ’90s to transition the company from consumer vehicles to commercial trucks. Ballard Motor Sales was closed, and the building in Millbury sold.
In 1999 Ballard Mack officially became known as Ballard Truck Center.
In 2001, Ballard Truck Center’s second location is added in Johnston, Rhode Island.
Samantha Grahn (Steve’s daughter) is working full time for the company by 2007.
In 2008, Ballard Truck Center’s third location is added in West Springfield, Massachusetts – expanding the company’s product offerings to medium duty trucks with the addition of Hino and Mitsubish-Fuso.
Ballard Truck Center’s fourth location is added in 2011 in Avon, Massachusetts along with the addition of the Volvo brand of heavy duty trucks.
In 2012 the company begins offering leasing and rental services under a subsidiary, Ballard Lease & Rent. Robert Picking (John’s son) begins working for the company as well.
The Isuzu brand of medium duty trucks is added in 2016.
Ballard Truck Center’s fifth location is added in 2019 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
Today, Ballard Truck Center has locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island offering new and used Mack, Volvo, Isuzu, Hino, and Fuso commercial trucks; services all makes and models; boasts an industry-leading parts department; and offers full-service leasing and rental services.