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Two join VIPAR heavy duty network

VIPAR Heavy Duty has announced that Linehaul Heavy Duty LLC and J&J Operating LLC have joined the VIPAR Heavy Duty network of distributors.

A full-service distributor of heavy duty replacement parts in western North Dakota and based in Dickinson, North Dakota, J&J was recently purchased by brothers Jody and Jim Arthaud, where Jody serves as president and Jim as vice president. The company's former management team remained in place after the purchase and is led by general manager Clarence Frank.

J&J Operating has 20 employees and operates a six-bay repair and warehouse from a single location in Dickinson. A majority of the company's business serves the Bakken Shale oil reserve in western North Dakota, considered to be one of the fastest growing oil-producing areas in the U.S. As a result of the "oil boom," J&J Operating has plans to open a second company location in Watford City, North Dakota. J&J Operating is recognized for their complete inventory of all makes and models to service the truck market in central and western North Dakota and the border of eastern Montana.

Linehaul Heavy Duty was formed in August 2011 after Michael Thiers and his wife, Courtney Bennett, purchased the Fairfield, Ohio branch of Louisville, Kentucky-based Republic Diesel.

Linehaul's core business is in heavy duty truck parts, servicing both on-highway and vocational customers in the metro Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, southeastern Indiana and western Ohio area. With a strong focus on wheel-end and undercarriage parts, the company’s inventory also includes a broad offering of the industry’s best known products and brands. In addition, Linehaul Heavy Duty provides flywheel resurfacing, hydraulic hose service and general drive-in truck repair.

For more information on Linehaul Heavy Duty, phone (513) 860-9803. For more information on VIPAR Heavy Duty, visit or e-mail: [email protected].

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