In October of 1935 E.M. “Gene” Tharp
started out with what was to become his lifetime interest
and occupation with a used 1926 truck. By “horse trading” and
long hours of hard work, his dream of a commercial hauling
business of his own was realized. Gene enjoyed the commercial
hauling business and conducted it for over twenty six years.
He saw it grow from one used truck into a fleet of over twenty
tractors and more than a hundred pieces of equipment.
In 1961 Gene decided to do full time what he had done part
time throughout his life – sell and trade. In 1962
Gene’s son Morris Tharp started with the dealership
when he was 19 years old. In 1964 Gene acquired the International
franchise. Gene continued to serve as president of E. M.
Tharp, Inc. until1986. At this time Morris Tharp acquired
and is the current president and his son Casey Tharp is the
current vice president of E. M. Tharp, Inc.
We at E.M. Tharp have
grown since then into a variety of businesses. In 1993 we
acquired the Peterbilt franchise for Fresno, Kern, Kings,
Tulare and Madera counties. We have locations in
Fresno, Porterville, and Bakersfield. Our Main office is
still at the same location that Gene started at in Porterville.
Additional companies under the E.M. Tharp banner are as follows: American
Truck Parts, Viking Trailer,
DEPO, Mitsubishi Forklifts, EZ
Go and in 2004 we acquired Kroeger
Equipment and Supply in Fresno.
We want to say "Thank You" for your past business
and we are here for you in the future!