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Boy... Have times changed!
My grandfather, John C. Vander Haag Sr., began this business as the "South Side Junkyard" in Sanborn, Iowa, in 1939.
What started primarily as a scrap iron and metal business supporting the war effort has changed dramatically over the last 65 years.
The Auto Salvage business began moving ahead during the later years of the war as new parts became more difficult to obtain and using recycled "salvage" parts became an available alternative.
In 1955 my father, John C. Vander Haag Jr., took over the family business and shifted the focus from older cars to a later model salvage operation. After 20 years of success in the automotive salvage industry, he again changed the focus of our business. Having changed our headquarters to Spencer, Iowa during the late 1960's, he saw an opportunity in the truck parts and repair business. His vision has enabled Vander Haag's to become a recognized leader in the Used Truck Sales, Parts, and Equipment Industry today.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the friends, associates, customers and employees who have helped to make us successful over the last 65 years. I know that with your continued support we can carry this tradition of quality and service into the next millennium.
John M. Vander Haag