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Marlin Fox opened Quality Truck & Tire in Clare on October 15, 2007. For years, he had dreamt of opening his own business, and working on large trucks and buying and selling equipment were his passions.
Marlin has always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work. From an early age, he dreamed of being a mechanic. At 19, he took the first steps toward that dream by landing a job repairing wrecked trucks and putting them back together. At 27, he bought an empty building in Clare Michigan. He started out with zero customers but, through hard work and long hours, he gained work from many local fleets and farmers as well as customers coming off the interstate. Having that same passion for his work and an outstanding team has made Quality Truck and Tire a respected and thriving shop in Clare, Michigan.
Quality Truck & Tire hires expertly trained technicians and truck mechanics in the Clare, MI area. They take part in intensive training on the latest truck technology. We give our team members the tools to succeed at their jobs, and get out of their way so they can run with it. Since our team members are the most important part of our business, we invest in them by giving them a great place to work and providing ongoing training.
Don Clute studied business at Davenport University, and his skills in leadership and business bring a new level of talent to the team at Quality Truck & Tire. Since he came on board as COO, Don oversees business management and new growth opportunities. After work, Don spends time on his hobby farm, or goes hunting, fishing, or mountain biking.
Pete Price has worked in the parts industry his whole life, and his knowledge is evident in the excellent way he manages the parts department. In addition, Pete works in outside sales, making contact with the truck customers in the community. When he’s not working at Quality, Pete spends time with his grandchildren, works on motorcycles, and goes deer hunting or hunting with beagles.
Chis Vander Veen graduated from Great Lakes Christian College, and his previous experience in parts and electrical engineering are an asset in the parts department at Quality Truck & Tire. Chris has focus and drive that help him to find difficult parts and maintain a high standard of accuracy. Outside of work, Chris likes playing multiple instruments, singing, and playing softball.
John Marshall has been a mechanic most of his life. His experience provides a wealth of information on difficult truck problems. John is our go-to man for any diesel questions.
Lewis Stutzman answers all after-hours call for towing and road service. Lewis is willing to work at any hour, and is skillful in recovering wrecked or broken-down trucks. When he’s not fixing trucks along the road, Lewis works in the shop as light-duty technician. Outside of work, Lewis can be found on his hobby farm, spending time with his family or hunting.
J Kibler graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Glendale Heights. Transmissions and clutches are his specialty, in addition to engine rebuilding. J.’s cheerful, outgoing personality makes his contribution a valuable part of the team at Quality Truck & Tire. Aside from work, J. enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, or sports.
Buddy graduated from Northwest Business College, and has 37 years of experience in truck, heavy equipment, and construction maintenance. A big asset to the team at Quality Truck & Tire is Buddy’s knowledge of propane tank repairs and inspections, as well as his careful, detailed work in regular truck mechanics. Buddy enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and being with family and grandchildren.
Zach Whitney graduated from the University of Northwest OH Automotive Technology and works at the rebuilding shop. His previous experience in building proto-types was good preparation for his current work in rebuilding trucks.
Michael Hathaway earned a technical degree from Penn Foster in heavy-duty truck maintenance. For years, Michael worked on garbage trucks. Since he joined the team at Quality Truck and Tire, he works in the truck sales department, preparing trucks for the sales lot by diagnosing electrical issues and changing brakes and tires.
Tyler Warner is the grandson of our lead diesel technician, and works part-time during the school year and full time in the summer. Tyler details trucks for the sales lot and works beside the other technicians on tires and brakes. Because of Tyler’s eagerness and willingness to learn, the team at Quality Truck & Tire looks forward to Tyler being a part of them for many years.
Nate Wernette graduated from Grand Valley College, and later joined Quality Truck & Tire, starting in the parts department. A couple years later, Nate was promoted to lead service writer. Nate gets along with everyone and stays calm in demanding situations, an essential ability for a service writer. Whether talking to technicians or customers, Nate does a great job communicating on each service order. Nate enjoys time with his family, sports, hunting, and riding ATV.