In 1985, John Bellavance founded Bellavance Trucking & Excavating in Moosup, Connecticut. His friendship, passion and dedication made him one of most successful businessmen in Eastern Connecticut while earning him the nickname "Jolly John". Soon, he branched out into truck and equipment sales with his cousin and best friend Craig Gates, with dreams of becoming a premier dealer in New England.
Sadly, John was diagnosed with Leukemia and lost his battle on July 19, 2012. Determined to make John’s dream a reality, Craig established Jolly John’s Truck & Equipment, LLC to keep the legacy alive.
Craig Gates has been in the automotive business since 1980 and has many different ventures including The Gates Auto Group along with multiple residential and commercial properties.
John’s brother Chris Bellavance who worked with John for many years along with Chris Mitchell who also worked with John and Craig Gates, purchased John’s Mill in Moosup where they will continue to do what John started. Chris Mitchell took over Bellavance Truck & Equipment selling light duty cars and trucks so he too can continue in John’s legacy. Friend and employee, Glynn Roy, opened Bellavance & Roy LLC continuing with the trucking and excavating formerly done under Bellavance Trucking & Excavating. We will continue to run business at John’s mill in Moosup CT and together we will work hard to keep John’s legacy alive.
Nick Deojay, another friend and well respected heavy equipment mechanic in the area, is also joining with Craig to make this a successful venture by sharing his knowledge.
In total there is over 100 years of experience in equipment sales between Craig Gates, Glynn Roy and Nick Deojay. They ready to go above and beyond to make great deals with integrity and honesty their keywords to insure customer satisfaction.
Today, you can rest assured that we will take anything in trade. We also buy, sell or trade old to late model equipment that we find while travelling up and down the east coast. Our 5+ acre lot and over 20k square feet of buildings house an excellent selection of trucks and equipment.
We pride ourselves in being honest and fair. Stop in and let us show you what we’re all about!
Open 7-days a week by appointment, including holidays.
Check out some action pics of our technicians!
Derek replacing brakes and bearings on one of our tri axle Mack dump trucks. Just part of how we prepare inventory for sale.
1939 F Model Mack Dump...we fix everything.
Our tech Iszach working on the hydraulic line of this Terex today. We can fix anything, just bring it down and let us take a look!
When the pin won't come out.....we have our ways.
Our tech Josh working on the oil pan gasket on a Mack today.
Stop down and see us anytime at Jolly John's, meet our techs, check out our shop or have a look around our lot full of equipment for sale!