EM Tharp Inc
Company History

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. until 1986. At this time Morris Tharp took over 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 to 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 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 would like to take this time to say thank you for your past business and to say we are here for you in the future.
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E.M. Tharp & World Ag Expo "We Believe in Growing Scholarship“

2012 Winners: Miranda Medrano of Wasco, and Jace Tarbell of Visalia

Miranda Medrano, a senior from Wasco, plans to attend Cornell University in the fall of this year. Medrano is involved in the Academic Decathlon, tennis, softball, math and science clubs and plays piano. She is also involved in the Shafter Children’s Summer Theater and Relay for Life. She has served as president of her FFA chapter and secretary for her FFA region.

Jace Tarbell, a senior at Golden West High School, has applied to both California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Kansas State University. Tarbell is active in FFA and served as his chapter’s Publicity Commissioner. He has also participated in the citrus and dairy products judging teams and has a market hog enterprise. His sports interests include competitive swimming and participated on the Golden West High School and Visalia Buccaneers swim teams.
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