|Antigo Truck Repair will celebrate four decades—a significant milestone for a family-owned business—Saturday.|
The open house will run from noon to 6 p.m. and will include food, refreshments, and a chance to take a look at some of the big equipment that has made the business so successful. The Northwoods Tractor Club will also have a display of vintage machinery.
Antigo Truck Repair was started in 1974 by Doc and Rose Spencer in the heart of Antigo. It moved to its present location just off Highway G west of Highway 45, on land the Spencers owned, in 1997. The complex now includes a large garage, office space and new blacktop, completed just in time for Saturday’s event.
The business caters to heavy equipment—large industrial and agricultural trucks—and the mechanical and fabricating duties necessary to keep them rolling.
The Spencer credited several factors as key to their longevity.
“It was really perseverance,” Rose said. “We had a lot of ups and downs over the years.”
They are the inventors of the ATR Box, an auxiliary transmission unit with various configurations of two and three speeds, air and manual shifts, available. The units are used to gear down commercial equipment for field work and other applications.
“That transmission is all over the United States,” Spencer said, “Plus we have some in Canada and two in Australia. It’s really worldwide.”
Another factor is the company’s workforce, which includes sons, Rocky, Todd, and Dillion and grandson Marcus. Bob VerHagen rounds out the crew.
“It’s been all about tackling anything that would come along,” Spencer said. “And treating our customers right.”
From left, Rose and Doc Spencer with Dillon and Rocky Spencer, Bob VerHagen, Todd Spencer and grandson Marcus Spencer outside Antigo Truck Repair, celebrating 40 years in business on Saturday.