Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for GATR Truck Center

GATR Truck Center’s owners Bob and Lysa Neitzke broke ground on their new dealership June 17th, 2015 in Elk River, MN. GATR plans to build a 46,000 square foot truck dealership and maintenance facility on a 15 acre plot of land. This plot of land is located in the Nature’s Edge Business Center which is near HWY 10 and 171st Ave.

ground breaking Elk

GATR Truck Center currently has three locations in Sauk Rapids, MN, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Des Moines, IA. They plan to open the Elk River dealership in early 2016! The building and parking area will cover about 9.5 acres of the site with room for 130 trucks (new, used, & service). This location will employ 75-80 people in the first year!

Elk River’s council member Jennifer Wagner welcomed GATR Truck Center and thanked them for bringing new jobs to the city.


GATR Trucks: Three-Time Volvo Dealer of the Year!

GATR Truck Center Recently Earned “2012 Volvo Dealer of the Year”!
We Were Also Honored in 2004, 2011 — and again in 2012!
A Big Thank You to All Our Customers and Employees!

The annual Volvo Trucks Dealer of the Year award honors the dealership’s organization and employees for overall accomplishment and performance. Selection criteria for the award includes outstanding performance in new truck and parts sales, growth in market share, penetration of Volvo engines, customer satisfaction index and investment in facilities.


GATR’s Bob Neitzke (center) receiving the 2012 Volvo Dealer of the Year award from (left) Terry Billings, Volvo Trucks vice president – business development and (right) Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks

The business opened in 1962 as Grile Auto & Truck Repair, acquired a Volvo franchise in 1994 and was purchased by dealer principal Bob Neitzke in 2000. Neitzke changed the dealership’s name to GATR Truck Center, the acronym informally used during the Grile family’s many years of ownership.

During Neitzke’s 12 years of ownership, GATR Truck Center has steadily grown. The full-service location in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota features extensive parts and service departments, new and used truck sales, rental and leasing services and a body shop and detailing facility. Locations in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa extend the dealership’s reach. “We are very pleased to have received this award three times now, first in 2004, then in 2011 and now in 2012! We have an outstanding team and their hard work continues to pay off” said Bob Neitzke.

“It’s a pleasure to again recognize GATR’s success,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “Bob Neitzke and his team consistently set the bar high and deliver in terms of sales, service and customer satisfaction.”