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General Truck Body moves to Forest following Roanoke fire

The business, which is near Interstate 81, burned to the ground in July.

September 27, 2012|David Kaplan | WDBJ7 Reporter

FOREST, Va. — The fire was a tough sight to behold. Tony Williams surveyed the damage the day after a July 21st fire burned his business to the ground.

Now, everybody on Interstate 581 South in Roanoke can see the charred remains of what once was for Williams' and General Truck Body.

But not all is lost.

Williams has moved General Truck Body to Forest, where he has been cozied in with Forestry Equipment of Virginia and owner Mark Sharmon.

The relationship has proven mutually beneficial.  Sharmon says they have a ton of extra space at FEVA and they're more than happy to contract space and some of the workforce out to Williams.

Williams' biggest contract is with Norfolk Southern, so he knew he needed to fix something, and fix it quick.

Two days after the fire, Sharmon called and said Williams could share space with him.

None of Williams' mechanics made the move out to Forest with him, but Sharmon has hired four additional employees to help with the nearly 10 trucks a week Williams ships to Norfolk Southern.

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