TriSand, Inc. has been in business since 1986. However, its origin began back in 1971 when Art Sand started his own business from a mobile service truck. He appropriately named his company Art’s Mobile Repair. He began establishing a customer base with local trucking organizations by providing mobile servicing to their equipment. He spent many days working around the clock to establish his company, and in a few years, he did exactly that. Within three years, Art’s Mobile Repair was able to invest in a brick and mortar shop.
In 1974, Art was not only able to service his customers on the road, but also from a standard location on 1st Street in downtown Eugene, Oregon. The two-bay facility had 250 square feet of space and was more than adequate to do necessary services. Art’s business began to grow along with his customer base. Things continued looking good for Art and within a few years, he was able to hire employees.
In 1976, Art hired his first employee to help with his growing work schedule. Art’s Mobile Repair, was now a two-man operation. The business remained strong, developing good relationships with its customers. Through hard work and determination, the business stayed its course of growth and in 1982 Art hired another employee, making it a three-man operation. The business remained profitable and grew larger, pushing a need for more space.
In 1985, Art’s Mobile Repair relocated to a shop on 5th Street in Eugene. The facility proved to be more than adequate because of its 5,000 square feet of space. Art was thrilled to relocate, as space in the two-bay shop was becoming increasingly rare. The new shop enabled Art to expand the business in every way. His family was soon able to become part of his operation. Within a year, one of Art’s son’s, Mat, became involved in helping him with servicing vehicles. Mat was involved with his dad’s shop while growing up but did not formally become a part of the business until after high school in 1986. During this time Art hired more employees and the shop stayed on course for growth. In 1986, Art’s Mobile Repair established a fleet management relationship with one of its closest customers at the time, NPE Inc. Art began servicing NPE’s 36 trailer’s in 1986 and in 1987 began working on their first set of tractors. Through this period, Art’s son, Mat, immersed himself in learning as many facets of the organization as possible – leading to his position as the next owner of Art’s Mobile Repair.
Nearly 25 years after starting his own business, Art decided to prepare for retirement. In 1996, he leased his business to Mat and Mat’s wife, Sherri. The first year of the lease was a learning experience for them as they began to take over the business. Eventually, Art sold the company entirely to them so he could focus more on retirement. During this period, Art helped Mat and Sherri establish themselves. Art’s Mobile Repair, now called TriSand, went from a single proprietorship to a family-owned and operated business. Mat and Sherri provided TriSand with a new identity, allowing the company to build its own reputation, while incorporating the foundation Art provided in the years before. As TriSand’s opportunity grew, so did its need for readily available inventory. TriSand opened a parts department in order to control parts requirements, both out-sourced and in-house. This was a vital step for TriSand to provide efficient access to parts for its mechanics and more importantly, for less downtime for its customers. The new key departments allowed TriSand to run at a more efficient level. By the end of 1999, TriSand experienced another need to relocate and jumped at an opportunity to move into a larger facility.
In January of 2000, TriSand moved into a six-bay shop on Danebo, with the prospect to expand and become a more competitive truck and trailer repair operation. The new shop provided several positives, one of which was a more professional atmosphere that would appeal to a wider customer base. It also provided better lighting, allowing the mechanics to become more efficient. This larger facility contained four 100 ft. pull-through bays for TriSand’s Truck Shop and two 100 ft. pull-through bays for TriSand’s Trailer shop. The trailer shop had always been at a separate location, so the new move allowed both facilities to be side by side, creating a more unified operation.
In January of 2004, TriSand expanded its resources by opening an automotive shop in the same industrial park as the truck and trailer shop. This three-bay facility provided an opportunity for TriSand to expand its horizons and pursue not only the trucking industry, but the automotive industry as well. In 2005 the company had undergone some relocations for its Automotive and Trailer Shops. TriSand Trailer shop was moved to another building located in the same industrial park where its truck and auto shops reside. The new move allowed the trailer shop to have two more bays of space allowing more volume of services to be accomplished. The auto shop relocated as well for the same reasons.
Finally, in 2008, TriSand consolidated and moved both the automotive business, as well as moving the trailers back to the current truck and trailer shop so all of its operations were under one roof.
TriSand has always looked to the future. We’ve consistently incorporated strategic moves for expansion and have integrated the latest technologies, to be one of the best in the business. We continue servicing our primary fleet clientele and taking care of our loyal customers, as well as welcoming new ones. In 2024 and beyond, we are excited to see what the coming years will hold. We proudly carry on our dad’s legacy of serving our customers and growing the business he started.