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Founder, Jack Whiteman at the original Oregon location in the 1950'

Empire Truck & Trailer is the on-highway division of Empire Southwest LLC. Empire Southwest is a third-generation, family owned company founded in 1950 as an Oregon Caterpillar® dealership and moved to Arizona in 1959. 

In the decades since, Empire has been an active partner in the state’s growth and development, supporting southwestern construction, trucking, mining and agriculture professionals and the communities they serve. Empire Southwest is headquartered on a 50-acre Mesa campus, and currently has 18 locations throughout Arizona, southeastern California and northern Mexico.

Along with sales, rental and comprehensive service support for machinery and power systems from leading manufacturers, Empire offers a wide range of additional products and services. The company’s Transport, Hydraulic Services, Renewable Energy and Precision Machining divisions were created to meet specific client needs. 

Learn more about jobs at Empire Southwest, our company Values, operating divisions and community involvement below.

Empire Southwest is committed to treating customers, employees and everyone we deal with in a fair and ethical manner. That commitment is reflected in the Empire Values — the cornerstone for every decision made on behalf of the company.

Values Safety: Empire employees know that a safe work environment is essential to the health and well-being of everyone. At Empire, “Safety First” is more than a slogan. It is a personal commitment to preventing unsafe conditions of any kind, and a pledge to employ safe practices every day in the work place. For more detailed information about our core value of safety please click here.

Integrity: is about adherence to a code or principle. In our case, that principle is honesty — honesty in our word, in our message and in our deeds. The strong customer, supplier and employee relationships we’ve developed and value so highly are based on our long-standing integrity as a company.

Respect: Empire people believe in enhancing and building self-esteem and self-worth, in showing care and consideration for others.

Teamwork: At Empire, we work as a team, not as a collection of individuals. We see ourselves as “stakeholders” involved in achieving a common goal. This sense of teamwork is an integral part of what makes Empire an enjoyable, energized, upbeat and satisfying company to work for and with.

Excellence: We have a reputation for excellence — in the services we provide, the products we sell, in the way we do things. We look for ways to continually improve our individual and collective performance. Empire people are never satisfied with “good enough.”

Stewardship: is about “adding to” rather than “taking from.” It’s about enhancing the assets entrusted us; human, intellectual and capital. It’s about taking care of our people, protecting the environment and giving something of value back to the communities in which we live and work.

Astonishment: is going the extra mile to satisfy a customer, doing the unexpected, exceeding his expectations. Empire people do this because they enjoy doing it. It makes us a special kind of company to do business with and keeps our customers loyal and highly satisfied.

Empire Southwest consists of the following operating divisions:

Empire Agriculture: offering parts, sales and service and an authorized dealer for agriculture machinery from AGCO, Challenger, Massey Ferguson and other leading manufactures.

Empire Hydraulic Service: specializes in repairing and refurbishing all brands of heavy equipment hydraulic systems, including pumps, rods, and hoses. EHS is ISO 9001 Certified. 

Empire Machinery: sells, rents and provides product support for Caterpillar equipment from 380-ton mining trucks to 5500-lb skidsteer loaders. Empire also carries products from over 50 brands from leading manufacturers. 

Empire Power Systems: sells, rents and provides product support for the Cat engines: those used to provide power for electricity generation, water pumping and other industrial applications as well as those used in on-highway trucks. 

Empire Precision Machining: houses one of the most complete machining operations in the West. This shop can handle massive components weighing up to several tons and is ISO 9001 Certified. 

Empire Renewable Energy: authorized distributors of Kyocera and Sunpower solar products. Offers off-grid and grid-connected solar power systems for commercial and residential clients. Turnkey services include business and utility analyses, custom design, procurement, design and engineering, installation and service and maintenance. 

Empire Transport: has 48-state authority to haul heavy equipment and other oversize loads for other Empire divisions and a wide range of customers. In addition, this division operates an express delivery service. 

Empire Truck & Trailer: specializes in providing the southwest’s on-highway markets with sales, service and parts through its Arizona and California locations. 

The Whiteman Foundation

Whiteman Foundation Company founder Jack Whiteman believed that business has a fundamental responsibility to support and enhance the communities it serves. In 1961 he established the Edna Rider Whiteman Foundation – now known as the Whiteman Foundation. For the next several decades, the foundation invested primarily in the arts, higher education and a variety of community organizations. 

Each year, Empire Southwest commits at least two percent of its pretax profits to charity: one percent to the Whiteman Foundation and one percent to a sister foundation. Foundation beneficiaries have included community and family organizations like the East Valley Child Crisis Center, the Children’s Action Alliance, youth foundations, early education initiatives, medical research and select school programs. 

In 2000, the Whiteman Foundation shifted its emphasis to early childhood development and issues that affect child welfare.  It continues to support a number of child-related initiatives and programs, and is a partner in Educare Arizona, an early education initiative to ensure the healthy development of all Arizona children.

For more details about the Whiteman Foundation and contact information visit www.whitemanfoundation.com.

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