Meridian truck dealership, Waters International,
has won the Circle of Excellence Award from International 25 times since opening in Meridian in 1972.
The award recognizes Waters for being one of the top dealers in the world.
"The Circle of Excellence Award is where International recognizes its top dealers in the world, actually North America and overseas," said M.L. Waters, co-owner. "And there are roughly a thousand dealers and probably in the range of 50 to 60 dealerships that get this recognition."
Waters International Trucks is now in the fourth generation, but is still hands on with every employee.
"We actually just live and breathe parts and service and sales, and grew up as a child in the business," Waters said. "And our children have grown up in it. But we're right there beside our employees when we're working on different projects. If they need us, they know they can come to any of our offices and we'll be there with them to solve issues as they arise."
Chances are any truck you've seen driving around town or crossing through Meridian on I-20/59 has been purchased from or serviced by Waters International Trucks.
"We have a large market share in Meridian," Waters said. "We have a large customer base, and we're working like 66 people here in Meridian just doing parts and service and sales for this market area."