Our History

Locally Owned and Operated Since 1968

Our company was originally established in 1968 by Charles H. Sumrall, John Sumrall's father. The original business initially specialized in truck and trailer repair in south Louisiana. As it grew, it would eventually expand into owning and operating twenty-two trucks throughout the 60's and 70's.   


In 1971, the company became an award-winning refrigeration unit dealership and began offering repair and maintenance on refrigerated trucks and trailers. 


John Sumrall, son of the founder and owner of the present company, began as a refrigeration unit mechanic in 1978, learning the business from the ground up. With the expansion of the reefer business, John moved to Jackson, MS to open a new branch office for sales and service in 1986. 


In 1995, Charles Sumrall, the founder of the company, passed away and his son John moved back to New Orleans to continue his father's legacy and improve upon what he had built.The reefer portion of the family business had grown up to 38 employees, five mobile 24-hour service trucks, with locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA and Gulfport and Jackson, MS. 

 

Beginning in the late 2000's, the trailer refrigeration company in New Orleans was sold, and a new facility was built in Hammond, Louisiana focusing on trailer and truck collision repair. 


In 2009, Trailer Sales of Louisiana, LLC completed construction of a new 18,000 square foot operations center on three acres of frontage on Interstate 12 in Hammond, LA. Seven years later, Trailer Sales opened its second location on Jefferson Highway in New Orleans. 


Sumrall’s has always been a family business and as it moves forward, this tradition will continue.  With Cassie as controller, John Jr. as operations manager, and youngest son, Lane, a recent LSU Business Management graduate, joining the company's sales team, the future for the company never looked better.   

Charles H. and John Sr., 1968

Charles H. and John Sr., 1968