Posted on: September 16, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

first_imgMedford, Ore. — Not long after Interstate 5 pierced Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, supplanting U.S. 99, Rod Witham and his father, Harlan, built a truck stop on 20 acres near the north Medford interchange.Nearly 50 years later, Witham Truck Center, a multigeneration family business, is becoming part of Ridgefield-based Pacific Power Products, which has 17 locations in six states and more than 500 employees.“We’ve done well in this town,” said the 87-year-old Witham. “We’ve carried lots of employees and customers, and made good customers out of them.”Witham Truck Center has been a Freightliner dealer since 1954, selling new and used trucks and parts and providing a service garage and machine shop. Rod Witham turned over day-to-day management to stepsons Gene and Jerry Schneider more than a decade ago, but still showed up to the shop regularly until three years ago. “It got to the point where frankly I didn’t care that much, and I’d only go in to get stamps,” Witham said.last_img

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