Neal Bouma grew up on the family farm east of Conrad, Montana. He has seven siblings. He was involved in custom grain hauling whenever the farm work was done. He then started hauling grain to Lewiston, Idaho in 1978. Neal moved to Choteau in 1978 and built a new shop to repair his own trucks. By 1980, he was running 5 trucks. By 1982 he decided to sell all of his trucks and trailers as there seemed to be a demand for the farmers and ranchers to start running large trucks of their own.
In August, 1982, Bouma Wholesale was founded and started buying and selling used trucks and trailers, along with doing custom mechanic work and repairs.
A new office was built in 1989 and added onto in 1995. The parts building was added in 1986. The main repair shop and parts building burned down in December 1992, and by October of the next year, a new and much larger shop and parts facility was built.
In 1997, Neal changed their company name from Bouma Wholesale to Bouma Truck Sales. By the year 2000, they were employing almost 25 people including salesmen, bookkeepers, welders, mechanics, partsmen, bodymen, wash and detail persons.
Bouma Truck Sales opened their second location in Great Falls, MT, in 2004. This location sells and services mostly "Yellow Iron" (construction equipment) and some trucks and trailers.
Bouma Truck Sales now covers 35 acres in 2 locations and sells about 500 pieces of equipment per year to places as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Colombia and Saudi Arabia.
Neal and his wife Patty have also been in the horse business since 1985. They breed and sell American Paint and Quarter Horses to buyers all over the world. They specialize in Cutting, Reining and Working Cow Horse bloodlines and have strived to improve their bloodlines every year. Their clients come from as far away as Brazil, Italy, Venezuela, Poland, France, Norway, Austria, Germany and Australia.