CIT Trucks was founded and incorporated on November 6, 1975, as Central Illinois Kenworth Sales and Service, Inc. and began operations as a Kenworth Truck dealership.
The company relocated to its present 57,000 square foot facility in Normal, Illinois in November, 1976 and today owns four separate truck franchises, and employs almost 600 people at locations in Normal, Peru, Springfield, Morton, Peoria, Champaign, Bensenville, Troy, Joliet, Grayslake, Rockford, LaSalle, Pleasant Plains, and Atlanta, Illinois.
In May, 1985 the company purchased a Volvo franchise in addition to the existing Kenworth franchise and the corporate name was changed to Central Illinois Trucks, Inc. also known as CIT Trucks. An Isuzu Truck of America franchise was added in November, 1985.
In March, 1989, our second dealership location was opened on Interstate 80 in Peru, Illinois. These operations are housed in a 32,550 square foot facility.
In August, 1995, a new 22,000 square foot facility was built to house our third dealership location on Interstate 55 in Springfield, Illinois. We moved our existing Body Shop operation into a new, 25,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building in Normal, Illinois in March, 1997.
In May, 2001, CIT Trucks opened our fourth dealership location in a 39,000 square foot facility on Interstate 74 in Morton, Illinois.
In April, 2003 CIT Trucks opened its fifth full-service dealership in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois housed in a new 22,000 square foot facility located at Interstate 57 and 74 that is currently expanding. The company also opened two fleet maintenance facilities, one in Pleasant Plains, Illinois and the other in Atlanta, Illinois. Since then, a third fleet maintenance facility has been opened in Peoria, Illinois.
In April, 2004, CIT Trucks was granted the Kenworth Truck franchise for the Chicago area. We opened in a service dealership in Shorewood, Illinois and a retail parts distribution center in Bensenville, Illinois in October, 2004. We moved to a new 30,000 square foot full service dealership in Joliet, Illinois, on Interstate 55 and 80 in 2006.
In April, 2006, we opened a truck leasing division and we are doing business as Central Truck Leasing, a division of CIT Trucks.
In April, 2011, CIT Trucks was granted the Kenworth Truck franchise in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri, and we opened a retail parts distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois. In May, 2011, our company continued to expand as we formed our own finance company, Central Truck Finance, a division of CIT Trucks. On May 1, 2012, we moved into a new 32,000 square foot facility in Troy, Illinois at Interstate 55 and 270.
On June 1, 2012, we purchased the assets of Northern Illinois Mack, Inc. and Rockford Truck Sales, Inc. in Northern Illinois – Grayslake, Rockford, and LaSalle. With this purchase came the addition of Mack Trucks to our list of truck franchises.
In November 2013, a new 38,000 square foot dealership opened in Mokena, Illinois on Interstate 80.
Since our inception in November 1975, CIT Trucks has grown to 15 locations covering an assigned market territory of 68 counties throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. We are proud of our company's heritage.