Prince George's CountyWilliam J. Ford

Family Business Remains, Expands in Prince George’s

Stephen Neal acquired a commercial business 13 years ago in Prince George’s County to repair, inspect and sell trucks and buses throughout the D.C. metropolitan region.

Most importantly for Neal: the business has remained and expanded in the county.

K. Neal Truck and Bus Center opened a new $12 million, 40,000-square-foot building at its headquarters in Hyattsville that plans to spur economic development on its property with the future construction of a Royal Farms convenience store and then a manufacturing business.

“We’re really trying to bring economic development in the county,” said Korey Neal, 28, president of the family-owned business and son of Stephen. “A ton of people have fostered and put work into this. It’s bigger than you can ever dream.”

The business has more than 100 employees with two locations in Prince George’s, an office in Montgomery County and another in Lorton, Virginia.

Prince George’s officials labeled the business as one of two minority-owned commercial truck and bus dealerships in the nation.

State Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-District 24) of Landover recalled when Stephen Neal worked at Giant Food. However, she had a message for Korey Neal.

“I want you to behave yourself accordingly,” she said. “You don’t want no problems out of Joanne C. Benson.”

The building, which sits north of Route 50 on Tuxedo Road, features a heated floor in the garage area that helps ensure workers installing equipment, sandblasting and other work are warm in the winter.

K. Neal also provides 24-hour roadside service and an inventory of more than 100 trucks and buses. One of the company’s clients: Prince George’s County public schools.

The property sits on an unincorporated tract near the Cheverly border that rests on a flood plain, so company officials went before the town council to quell concerns about whether the building would create any environmental problems.

“It’s not only a gateway to Prince George’s County, but to our community,” said Cheverly Mayor Laila Riazi. “It’s about being excellent partners…and understand what it means to be a good neighbor. This business meets all the needs. It will be a continuing relationship.”

The company has built a relationship with nonprofit and private businesses such as Kaiser Permanente to offer a free, on-site mobile health clinic and workforce services to help returning citizens.

Stephen Neal said people are the reason for the company’s success, hence it will establish “Green Light Financing” as a way to assist small businesses.
“We’ll figure this out,” he said “[The] things we want in our community, we’ve got to do it ourselves.”

In the meantime, the company seeks to hire diesel technicians to join a “homegrown” establishment that generated more than $100 million and ranked 37th last year among Black Enterprise minority businesses in the nation.

“We do everything that you can think to a truck except manufacture,” said Stephen Neal, a 1974 graduate of DuVal High School in Lanham. “Hundreds of events [and people] make this happen. It’s good to have the business here in Prince George’s County.”

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William J. Ford – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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