WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today named K. Neal Truck and Bus Center, a truck and bus dealership headquartered in Hyattsville, Maryland, as the Senate Small Business of the Week.
Cardin’s Congressional Record statement honoring the company follows the Ranking Member’s visit to the Hyattsville headquarters last month of K. Neal Truck and Bus Center.
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K. Neal, which is the second-largest minority-owned truck and bus supplier in the country, has a long record of investing in the Prince George’s County community. For the past five years, the company has partnered with the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation to train workers from underserved communities to become diesel technicians.
“I applaud Stephen and Korey for building a successful company, and using their company to make a positive difference in the lives of so many,” Ranking Member Cardin said in the Congressional Record statement. “They have truly made Prince George’s proud.”
The full text of the Congressional Record statement follows:
“Mr. President, it is with great pride that I name K. Neal Truck and Bus Center the United States Senate Small Business of the Week.
“K. Neal Truck and Bus Center is a family-owned business based in Hyattsville, Maryland. Following a decades-long career in the grocery business, Stephen Neal purchased a trucking business and renamed it after his son, Korey Neal.
“Together, the father-son team has turned K. Neal into the second largest minority-owned truck and bus supplier in the country, with more than $100 million in annual revenue and just under 100 employees.
“On the Senate Small Business Committee, we often speak of small businesses as drivers of economic growth and innovation, but they are often also pillars in their communities, and K. Neal is no exception.
“I had the privilege of meeting with Stephen, Korey, and several K. Neal executives last month, and I was impressed by the company’s commitment to empowering all its employees and investing in its community.
“Half of the executives at K. Neal are women, and for the past five years, the company has partnered with the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation to train workers from underserved communities to become diesel technicians. I am proud to share that 14 individuals have completed the program, and eight of them are currently employed by the company. The company also voluntarily banned the box for returning citizens convicted of nonviolent crimes.
[Editor’s Note: “Banned the box” is a term that means that companies consider a job candidate’s qualifications first without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. If the checkbox of a criminal record is marked, K.Neal does not disqualify the candidate immediately. K. Neal is a company that is open to “second chance” for nonviolent offenders.]
“Thanks to K. Neal’s history of business success and commitment to investing in their community and their neighbors, the United States Black Chambers of Commerce presented its 2019 Emerging Leaders & Influencers Award to the company.
“I applaud Stephen and Korey for building a successful company, and using their company to make a positive difference in the lives of so many. They have truly made Prince George’s proud.”
About K. Neal Truck and Bus Center
K. Neal Truck and bus center (K. Neal) is a full-service multi-location commercial truck and bus dealership representing International, Hino, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, IC Bus and Cummins. With more than $100 million in annual revenue, the dealership operates from four locations in the DC Metropolitan area. K. Neal is a family-owned and operated business, as well as one of only two minority-owned commercial truck and bus dealerships in the country.
We offer a complete product line of class 3 to 8 commercial vehicles. We represent the following manufacturer brands: International trucks, IC school bus, Hino truck, Isuzu truck, Fuso truck, Collins bus, Diamond bus and Cummins. Our dealership serves as a one-stop-shop for our clients, providing new and previously owned sales, all makes parts, as well as best in class service and maintenance for all makes and models.