About Empire Truck Rebuilders
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Empire Truck Rebuilders, Inc. was formed in the Mid 50's by the late Andy Baumer of Tulsa, OK. The business was purchased by G. C. "Jerry" Moore in 1956 which
at the time was "Empire Auto Rebuilders" located at 1131 East Archer in Tulsa, OK. Jerry primarily repaired and painted wrecked automobiles and pickups in the beginning; however as the need for a commercial truck repair facility in Tulsa grew, he began to shift gears and started repairing the larger transportation equipment. The truck repair business grew
and soon the name on the building changed to Empire Truck Rebuilders.
In the early 70's, Richard L. Moore began working in the family business. Richard became the President of the company and shortly after, Incorporated the business. In 1973, the beginning of an Energy Boom for Tulsa, Richard bought the land where Empire is located now at 1201 West 41st St in Tulsa, OK and built a state of the art repair facility that had 2 Paint booths, 2 Make Ready bays and 8 Service bays.
The company continued growing through out the 70's and early 80's with Richard
adding a Truck Frame Straightening Rack and Alignment Rack in the early 80's and later adding a longer alignment rack and 2 additional service bays, bringing a total of 17 Service bays to work on trucks.
Pictured below are Richard and Trudy Moore. Without them Richard, Jr. says "Empire would not be what it is today". Richard was the Second Generation of Empire Truck, and Trudy worked as the Company Secretary for over 30 years, doing all of the payroll and day to day bookkeeping.
|Richard and Trudy Moore
Retired Fall, 2007
Richard (Ritch) L. Moore, Jr. began working full time in the family business in 1988. Ritch is the 3rd generation of "Moores" to rebuild trucks in the Tulsa and surrounding cities and states. Ritch was handed the reins of the family business in the fall of 2007. While the bodies and frames and materials used in the newer trucks have changed, Ritch is determined to continue the traditions established by his father and grandfather as they repaired and rebuilt some old classics
Yes, there is a fourth generation in the works; Richard (RL) L. Moore, III, is mowing the lawn, sanding and prepping trucks. Kasey, Richard's daughter also works in the family business while she finishes High School and attends college in "Concurrent Enrollment".
"We are the true example of an Oklahoma Family Business". With the fourth generation of family working their way through college while helping out with the Day to Day operations of the company.