Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dave Spence's TV Ad Laments Closing of a City Business That's Actually Still Open

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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McHenry Truck Equipment's new location off Manchester Road in Cheltenham. - PHOTO BY NICHOLAS PHILLIPS
  • Photo by Nicholas Phillips
  • McHenry Truck Equipment's new location off Manchester Road in Cheltenham.
That's unfortunate, for it appears Dave Spence is trying to make McHenry a part of his own.

Spence got at least got some facts right: The company did begin in 1946, when, according to  its own website, "Elmer McHenry decided to take the skills he learned in a rural blacksmith shop to St. Louis where there was a demand for welders and metal workers."

For years, the business operated at 3838 Cote Brilliante in the Jeff VanderLou neighborhood, according to state records, with Charles Koors listed as president.

But in May 2011, it was administratively dissolved for failure to file an annual report. This seems to have been merely a paperwork issue: Throughout this time, Koors had another company to his name, National Rail Truck Inc., which filed last June to change its name to -- you guessed it -- McHenry Truck, at the new address on West Park.

All of which is to say that, despite some paperwork shuffling and a change of location, the same guy has apparently been running McHenry Truck Equipment for years. (And by the way, they still own the shuttered Jeff Vanderlou property too, according to city records).

It's conceivable that a Spence staffer saw that the business had been administratively dissolved, then wrongly inferred that it had shut down forever.

But Spence himself should know better: The exact same thing happened to his own company.

In February 1995, Alpha Plastics was administratively dissolved for failure to file an annual report, only to be reinstated several months later.

Spence's firm -- shall we say -- kept on "truckin'." Just as his campaign surely will.

We've put a couple calls into his campaign; when they get back to us, we'll update this post.

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