North Central History Timeline
Jerry’s Transmission service was started by Jerry Pawelk.
In the late 1960s, the company began servicing larger fleets of trucks. In the early 1970s, Jerry’s moved to a bigger facility to accommodate the increased repair business.
Jerry Pawelk was a fire chief in the local community and was active in the state fire chief’s association for 35 years. From his experience, his business began to take care of emergency vehicles. With the change over to diesel engines and the company's expertise in fleet maintenance, Jerry’s began taking care of ambulance fleets in the area and even consulted with one of the state's largest ambulance providers to set up their preventative maintenance program, repair facility, and staffing. During this time period Jerry’s began remounting ambulances for the fleets they helped maintain as well. With the company's success and professionalism gaining attention, Jerry's was asked to become a Braun Ambulance dealer. Continued success called for four separate expansions of the facility being used.
Fred Pawelk (current owner) was hired as the first full-time ambulance salesman.
North Central Ambulance Sales and Service was created to more accurately describe the emergency vehicle dealership side of the business. In June of 1993, North Central Ambulance was granted Ford QVM status for its ambulance remounts.
In the late 1990s Luverne Fire Apparatus was added to the line of emergency vehicles represented by North Central Ambulance Sales and Service along with fire apparatus refurbishing. Luverne eventually became Crimson Fire Apparatus and, finally, changed to Spartan ERV.
In the 2000s North Central Ambulance Sales and Service began manufacturing its own Type II ambulances on the Freightliner Sprinter chassis (now Mercedes Sprinter). They also began to manufacture specialty vehicles, like command centers and SUV conversions for law enforcement and small rescues for fire departments.
With the continued success of North Central in Minnesota, we were able to expand and add a second facility in Plainfield, IL.
With the growth of the business, the company is unveiling this new website and changing the name to North Central Emergency Vehicles which better represents the wide product lines they sell and service.
Today, the dealership has grown to employ four other full time salesmen. North Central Emergency Vehicles now represents four (4) ambulance manufacturers and three (3) fire apparatus manufacturers in all or part of 6 states in the upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa. The business has performed remounts for municipalities from as far away as Virginia, New York, California and Washington.