Starting in 1980, at the time of deregulation in the trucking industry, PacLease began its first year with 17 locations. “Deregulation was a big disrupter in the industry and it created more demand from private fleets who wanted to have control of their operations,” said Ken Roemer, PacLease’s president. “PacLease fit right in with transportation solutions. The timing for our launch was great.”
Now celebrating 40 years providing full-service truck leasing, PacLease represents 40,000 trucks utilized in 570 locations throughout five countries.
“It’s very gratifying to our entire organization – and a tribute to our franchises -- to be at the level we’re at now,” Roemer said. “It’s been the combination of offering quality Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF equipment, along with a service philosophy that we think is unmatched in the industry. It’s what’s led us to continued growth through the years."
PacLease began expanding services in other countries beginning in Mexico in 1996, Germany in 2007, and Australia in 2015.
As PacLease heads into its next 40 years, Roemer said leasing will continue to grow – much of it due to technology changes.
“Technology continues to grow at a pace we’ve never seen before,” he said. “With remote diagnostics, trucks tell us ‘what’s happening’ prior to their arrival in the shop – this allows us to triage trucks in advance to get repairs done quickly, saving valuable drive time. Moreover, with all the data being collected on trucks, predictive maintenance versus preventive maintenance is becoming more of a reality. It is the connected truck and PacLease is the connected leasing company that puts it all together."