DeCarolis Truck Rental, Inc. Celebrates 80th Anniversary
9/27/2018 DeCarolis Truck Rental
Rochester, NY (August 20, 2018) ―Paul DeCarolis, Chairman, announced today that DeCarolis Truck Rental will celebrate its 80th anniversary of being in business. With locations in Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton, Elmira, Geneva, Henrietta and Syracuse, the company was founded by Louis DeCarolis, Sr., in 1938, when he purchased a truck to give rides to workers to and from farmers’ fields.
In the early years, DeCarolis specialized in heavy-duty trucking and outside repairs, sometimes renting out its own equipment to customers. Later, the company added a truck terminal and expanded into warehousing in the 1950s. The business grew quickly with the addition of a truck stop, a Diamond Reo truck dealership, a Thermo King refrigeration franchise, and a leasing and rental company.
Louis, Sr. died in 1961 and was succeeded by his two sons, Louis J. and Paul. Tragedy struck in 1966 when Louis J. was killed in a plane crash and Paul “came out of the shop” to assume the presidency.
Over the years, the company evolved into becoming a provider of transportation services with a concentration on full-service leasing and truck rental as the fleet and equipment needs of clients grew.
In 1975, the company built its corporate headquarters on Colfax Street, including a maintenance facility—just one mile from where Louis DeCarolis, Sr., opened his first truck stop at the corner of Mt. Read Boulevard and Emerson Street. In the ensuing years, DeCarolis added additional services, including a heavy-duty parts business along with locations across New York State.
“We are proud to be part of the fabric of the communities in which we operate,” added Michael Margarone, President. “And our plan is to continue to evolve our product and service offerings to meet the needs of the transportation industry here and across the northeast. We are grateful for the support and commitment that our customers, vendors and employees have demonstrated over the years.”
DeCarolis will celebrate officially the company’s anniversary on August 23 with employees, customers and vendors joining for a picnic at the company headquarters on Colfax Street.
Today, DeCarolis Truck Rental, still a privately held company based in Rochester, NY, provides a wide range of transportation resources to businesses across the northeast. These include truck, tractor and trailer leasing and rental; preventative maintenance services; contract maintenance and repair; heavy duty parts sales; collision and repair services; and safety programs to name a few. With more than 2,000 vehicles supported by 170 employees, DeCarolis is Western and Central NY’s premier commercial transportation company.
Left to Right: Louis DeCarolis, John DeCarolis, Paul DeCarolis and Michael Margarone, President
Left to Right: DeCarolis Sales Team - Frank Caputo, Eric Toogood, Pat Howell, Greg Rawleigh and Frank Houtz