Glenn Trent Sr. founded Glenn A. Trent, Inc in 1943 at the age of 22. Starting as a Gulf service station offering gas, auto service and repair as well as tire sales. In 1953 with the growth of the business, Glenn A. Trent, Inc. moved to 12th & Kemper St. bringing to Lynchburg for the 1st time the Michelin Tire line as well as towing and recovery.
Today, Glenn A. Trent Inc. spans a full city block and is the largest and most experienced tire & wrecker company in Central Virginia. Mr. Trent continues to manage the day to day operations of the business and believes in fast, courteous service at a fair price.
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As he nears 90, Glenn A. Trent keeps company trucking
Craig Davison | Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:17 pm
For Glenn A. Trent, work is something of a family tradition.
In the 1950s, his grandfather Christopher Pleasants was still working past age 90. A newspaper article on him at the time called him Lynchburg’s oldest salesman.
Now, Trent is about to cross the same threshold. He turns 90 on Friday. And he’ll still go to work every day at his company, Glenn A. Trent Inc. at 12th Street and Kemper Avenue, the gas station turned wrecking and towing company he’s owned on that site since 1953.
He actually got his start in the business 10 years earlier, when he ran a Gulf service station at 12th Street and Campbell Avenue.
“I enjoy it,” Trent said. “I work five and a half days a week.”
When asked if he’s planning on retiring at some point, the answer is simple: No.
“Everybody asked me when I’m going to retire,” he said. “If I’m still here, I’m going to do it.”
Trent is hoping to continue working past the century mark, when his son, Glenn Trent Jr., 12, will be old enough to take over the business with his mother, Jane Rigney-Trent.
In the meantime, he is still delivering tires and going out on wrecker calls with his workers. The company has about 20 employees.
“I’m going to die right here,” Trent said.
Trent added to his service station in the 1960s with a tire business and wreckers for towing. He now has a fleet of about 25 wreckers for crashes of all shapes and sizes, from handling a single-vehicle accident to a tractor-trailer loaded with 80,000 pounds of inventory.
Donna Trent-Garner, the youngest of his three grown daughters, said her father has had a strong work ethic her whole life. She said he’d come home every day for dinner at 6 p.m., and then at 7, he’d head back to the shop until it closed.
“He’s just an unbelievable man,” Trent-Garner said. “I think he’s willing to take it easy when his business is closed.”
She described her father as “a wonderful family man.”
Charles H. Brooks, accounts manager at Trent’s company, has been working for Trent since 1989.
“Mr. Trent is a father figure,” Brooks said. “He is one of the best employers I’ve ever known.”
He described his boss as easy spoken and a man who treats him with respect. Brooks said that if he ran into problems in his life, he could always sit down and talk to Trent.
“I never once wanted to stray away from this company since I started,” he said.
Brooks has made it permanent in one way – he has a tattoo of the company logo.
And Trent sets the example for work ethic each day.
“The day is only done when the work has been done,” Brooks said. He added that if there was an overturned truck accident, Trent doesn’t go home until his employees get to go home.
His treatment of his employees has been noticed before. In 1974, Trent was honored as “Boss of the Year” on the first Boss’ Night conducted by the Hill City Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.
In the free time he does have, Trent enjoys playing golf and spending time with family, like going to his son’s athletic events.
Dr. Steve Thompson, a friend of Trent, said he was “a wonderful guy.”
“He is as honest as anybody I’ve ever known,” Thompson said.
Trent also has three grown children from his first wife, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
And he hopes his family carries on the business he’s built in Lynchburg after he’s gone.
Rigney-Trent dismissed the notion, saying, “I envision he’ll be pushing my wheelchair one day.”