Dave brings 40 years of valuable and interesting experience in transportation, management, safety, business and compliance. Dave has driven in every condition across North America and overseas as Military, Police, Company Driver to an Owner Operator to transportation management. Now our Celebrity Editor Publisher of Canadian Trucking Magazine bringing you articles and entertainment in print and on the web. Join Dave on Face Book for real time updates and meet at your favorite stop or truck show! Be Happy to say Hi and maybe get a picture or two. See you down the road.
What an exciting month with hitting all the truck stops and talking to you on “TRUCKERS BUZZ”, “Over the Road Radio” and on FaceBook and Trucking across NA. On the COVER is Margaret with Furry Hobos N Hiway Hero”s, with more in the Expanded Web Edition. Cool thing about Margaret and the great cause is looking after our Furry Friends and matching up partners. In the expanded Web Edition watch videos Margaret & I did at Kabeka Falls On together. This month our team will be at The SEMA Show in Las Vegas and Terra Ward will be joining me to produce Videos for your entertainment. To the bottom right I am there at the World’s Largest Convoy in Winnipeg. There were a lot around Canada in the past months and we will do a special Edition to cover all of them. Too many pictures to do justice in a 48 page magazine. This month as I tour all N/A in a Big Truck attending Shows & Events and reporting them straight to you on LIVE Video on FaceBook.
Trucking, I can also report on Truck Stops, Alerts, Road & weather Conditions were I am at. I am a real Trucker out there delivering real loads, I walk the Talk. See more in the digital magazine and the next few pages, digital does not limit the amount of good stuff we can provide you! So every month we print you a 48 page hold in your hand glossy magazine and then add to it on the Web Edition up to 120 pages of entertainment and detail, built for you! This Edition built for you by you as CTM is family. If you have any ideas, this being your magazine, please let us know. Watch for LIVE VIDEO notifications and set your FaceBook up so you see Canadian Trucking Magazine first. Look forward to meeting up with you driving my Big Truck looking forward to seeing you. Read on ,,,,,
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So cool hanging out with Margaret to the right from Furry Hobos N Hiway Heroâ€?s at Kabeka Falls Hotel with loads of Truck Parking and great food! Click on the picture to the right in the Web Edition for our LIVE broadcast and check out our FaceBook Pages. To the right of course Art Burke from Ice Road Truckers on the simulator with Jim Campbell from First Class Training Centre. Jim is awesome and supports this magazine each month with advertising and is a strong supporter of the Canadian trucking Show. I should mention also the best training school in my opinion in all NA and for good reason. Below and to the right is SAM from the J in Moosejaw SK Canada!! . Thank-you for looking after us as we come off the road. Sam is always awesome and part of the Canadian Trucking Magazine Family!
We are doing a contest, 10 best stops to eat in NA and why and starting this on our FaceBook Page. Just like the Oakpoint Restaurant on Route 90 in Winnipeg MB a good meal at a good value. We make Live Videos to make the road or day go past a little better and faster with jokes and entertainment great content! CTM has hit a reach of over 1.5 million viewers on FaceBook with over 458,000+ fully engaged at times. WOW Hard to wrap my mind around that and now 27,000+ LIKES to the CTM FaceBook Page, if you have not, Please do LIKE it and invite friends to join our family.
Terra Ward & Dave getting ready for The SEMA Show 2017
For the last decade we have broadcasted live videos on the FaceBook Pages & YouTube from the events we attend. This month of course from Vegas #VegasStrong with Terra & Dave with something for everyone to make your day faster and put a smile on your face. Please LIKE it if you are on FaceBook. Real Truckers to Truckers building entertainment for Transport people! Another thing I recommend is listening to them on your Blue tooth while going down the road, a great way to kill a few hours or in our language a couple of hundred miles. It is a lot of talk on purpose and jokes for your travelling entertainment. After a decade of doing these Videos for you, first on YouTube and now LIVE on FaceBook, I have learned how to act like a goof, throw some jokes in so it is not just a dry talk radio. The LIVE FaceBook Videos are built for you and your Entertainment.
Just like your Canadian Trucking Magazine Small enough to fit your pocket but big enough to entertain. I travel in a big truck pulling a load so I can feel what is happening in our industry and broadcast right from the trail. In other words I am not just an arm chair quarterback making a living off you talking about trucking,, I am Trucking and lovin It! Plus I have Diesel in my viens and love the road and trucking. Plus I get to meet good friends OTR like all the people in the crossword pictures. Thank-you PFM Professional Freight Management for your support in our CTM with an Ad this month and sponsor of the Canadian Truckingn Show! I like to say again thanks for reading CTM and I look forward to hearing from you, than about you. See you at the Shows..... Be safe my friends! Keep On Trucking, All the Best!!!!!!
Do you have your Socks On! Autosock By; Dave MacKENZIE
Hey Folks I have been talking about the AutoSock since last winter! I believe in them so much I have been taking a sock out to shows with me all year and giving a pair away and making it so you can see them and touch them. Okay, 2 things straight off the bat! AutoSocks are â€œLEGALâ€? in all of North America! AutoSocks work! Now after saying that, how many of you OTR Drivers really chain up? As far as I am concerned if the chain up lights are on you should be parking, chains are for decoration.
But to run the rocks during the winter you need to have to be legal carrying socks or chains. AutoSock weight about 6 pounds and chains around 400 pounds plus to be legal. Now put those chains on hangers, add snow and ice and a driver weight showed 1,200 pounds extra. On theCenterfold a picture taken at the Lesco ~ Pro Show & Shine in Nisku this year, an awesome show and the Alberta Large Car Convoy which is Toys for Tots. Just click on the picture for the Video.
When people actually got to see the AutoSock up close and realize the value, it was a hit. And make so much sense! They stow away taking little space and very little weight. You canâ€™t use these in the bush or oil patch as there are jobs chains are made for and should be used. But to be legal and to use if caught in a chain up, and you must go. On and off in minutes without breaking your back and they work. Your Canadian Trucking Magazine tested these and promoted them long before AutoSock gave us an Ad ,AutoSock supports your magazine here!
Find AutoSock in Winnipeg at Sift Products, Edmonton at Lesco, Canada wide Fleet Brake and USA at McGee Company.
Get your Socks on.
Should have had Socks On!
Look what Bruce Querel & Richard Wiebe has at Querel Trailers! Trailers for work or home of all sizes. We had this one at the Canadian Trucking Show and it worked great! Thanks Querel
Drug-Smuggling Trucker faces Justice
By Dave MacKENZIE over 30 years LawEnforcement The CBSA investigated after the PaWow even in Canada this happens! cific Region Criminal Investigations Section reTo think 11 peo- ceived information two TFWs were not being ple in the sleeper berth! paid the amount specified in their Offers of EmYes at the Am- ployment, as was required as part of the ESDC bassador Bridge on approval. The employees were originally offered October 3rd in the sec- an hourly wage in their contracts and in compliondary inspection they ance with Canadian law; however, once they found 11 foreign na- began their employment, the pay rate was retionals hiding behind the curtains in the bunk. duced significantly. Further investigation revealed 29 The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that on October TFWs were underpaid for work at Harlens Truck6, 2017, Jatinder Kang and Harlens Trucking ing Ltd. and the net amount of underpayment Ltd. were sentenced in Surrey Provincial was calculated at $352,001.83. On June 26, 2017, Mr. Kang and Court. Mr. Kang received a two year sus- Harlens Trucking Ltd. pleaded guilty to two pended sentence with probation conditions, . counts under the Immigration and Refugee ProHarlens Trucking Ltd. received a two year sus- tection Act (IRPA) in contravention of section pended sentence and a $10,000 fine, and was 127(a) – misrepresentation and section 124(1)(a) – failing to comply with a condition or ordered to pay $352,001.83 in restitution. Harlens Trucking Ltd., based in obligation of the Act – specifically, the requireSurrey, British Columbia, was granted posi- ment to provide TFWs with working conditions tive Labour Market Impact Assessments that are the same as, but not less favourable (LMIAs) by Employment and Social Develop- than, those set out in the contract. Now that the court case against ment Canada (ESDC), which permitted the company to hire temporary foreign workers Harlens Trucking Ltd. has concluded, ESDC is (TFWs) based on information included in the assessing the evidence to determine required LMIA applications. Between 2011 and 2014, actions. Employers who are found to be violating the company hired 30 TFWs through the program rules are subject to serious penalties, Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Mr. including monetary penalties, bans from using Kang was responsible for the company’s op- the program and having the names of their companies published on a public list. erations and hiring.
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Note from Dave!
If you see suspicious activity, persons asking you for a ride across the border in your vehicle, a loose lipped driver talking about smuggling loads of weapons or drugs, do us all a big favour and contact authorities. Try to get as much information as possible without becoming involved and shut these bad guys down. They are bad for our business. 10
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By; Ellen Voie CAE, President/CEO Women in Trucking
The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association announced today that it will be giving away a 2014 Volvo VNL670 at the “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” next spring. The truck is being donated to WIT by Arrow Truck Sales, Inc., a Gold Partner
supporter of the association. To qualify, a driver must complete an application form to verify eligibility, and write a short essay on why it is important to attract more women into the trucking industry. Examples of ways the driver has encouraged women to consider a career in trucking will show her or his support for the mission of Women In Trucking Association. Applications will be accepted at www.womenintrucking.org until November 15, 2017. The contestant must be at least 23 years old and hold a valid commercial driver’s license and be a member in good standing of WIT before September 30, 2017. WIT President/CEO Ellen Voie, will hand over the keys to the winner on March 24, 2018 during the 9th annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel,” at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. “We are thrilled to be able to give a truck to one of our members at our annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel,” said Voie. “I am especially looking forward to handing over the keys to the Volvo to allow one deserving member the chance of a lifetime, thanks to Arrow Truck Sales and their very generous donation,” Voie added. Jim Stevenson, Arrow Director of National Accounts, also serves on the Women In Trucking Board of Directors. “Arrow has long been supportive of equality and diversity efforts within the trucking industry," said Stevenson, "and we look at this as an opportunity to help a WIT member by providing a late model Volvo truck to support his or her success as an owner-operator.”
In addition to the Volvo, the recipient will receive products and services from these members:
• National Truck Protection: One year/120k mile engine warranty ($2,950) • One year After Treatment system warranty ($995) • ATBS: One year “RumbleStrip Essentials” financial services ($700) • FlowBelow: Tractor AeroKit™ wheel fairings and wheel covers ($2,135) • Michelin: 10 BF Goodrich tires ($4,500) • Rand McNally: OverDryve 8 Pro ($600) & • One year Sirius/XM subscription ($260) • Velvac: Road IQ Connected Vehicle Vision Platform ($3,500) • Wired Truck: Omnitracs IVG unit ($1,900) For more information about the Women In Trucking Truck Give-away sponsored by Arrow Truck Sales or to submit an application, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org/2018-truck-giveaway Arrow Truck Sales, Inc. Founded in 1950, Arrow is North America’s leading source of used heavy and medium-duty trucks with retail stores located across the U.S. and Canada. Arrow carries a large inventory of trucks and trailers including all makes and models. Arrow provides a one-stop shopping solution for truck buyers, including financing, insurance, extended warranties and other protection plans. Their national headquarters are in Kansas City, MO. For more information, visit www.arrowtruck.com. Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.
Accurate, Affordable GPS Tracking
By Dave MacKENZIE,
If your business has vehicles and other assets to manage, you know that having visibility into where they are, utilization, and overall efficient operations is hard to get right. But yet it is a critical aspect of an efficient, profitable business. Developed by Spark Tech Labs, CloudHawk is an innovative and trusted GPS tracking solution for monitoring vehicles, fleets, trailers, cargo and equipment. With the ability to maintain a constant GPS signal on vehicles and assets while well concealed, CloudHawk provides valuable operational information, real-time visibility, and peace of mind. It is accessible anytime, on any browser or any mobile device. CloudHawk trackers are compatible with cellular networks globally. For customers in North America, standard subscription plans include coverage throughout Canada and US without roaming charges.
About Spark Tech Labs;
Spark Tech Labs is Waterloo, Ontario based technology company that got started in 2011 and is expanding thier product CloudHawk. They make a high performance GPS tracking solution that provides the flexibility of adding various sensors for any fleet vehicle or asset, including transportation and logistics based businesses, or construction equipment that is intuitive to use and super-fast to deploy. They help your business maximize productivity, and help increase efficiencies. Spark Tech Labs leadership team is an experienced group of thought leaders in wireless technologies, software development, and antenna design. The organizationâ€™s focus is on really listening and understanding the customerâ€™s environment and business goals, and bringing together innovation and a differentiated in-house designed product than brings significant business value. Check out CloudHawk today and protect your investments! www.cloudhawk.com
Margaret Foster, the founder of Furry Hobos and Hiway Heroes, along with her Ambassador Dog, Pickles pose outside of Thunder Bay, Ont. (Jeff Walters/CBC) Rescue dogs and lost pets who need a ride home have a new group of allies in Canada: truck drivers. A group based in Thunder Bay, Ont., will help coordinate rides for animals who are heading from one part of the country to another. Furry Hobos and Hiway Heroes is the creation of Margaret Foster. A former truck driver, she took it upon herself to help coordinate rides for those with four legs. "It actually gives them something they feel good about. I mean, you go up and down the road here, you see the accidents and everything else that happens," said Foster. She said nearly 300 dogs have been transported through the group to their new homes, anywhere in Canada. She said some trucks in the United States are also now part of her 'network', allowing for international movement of the animals in need. Foster said drivers are not compensated, but she asks for a donation of home baking, or a gift card for coffee. Help from the community Foster said many of the drivers
have their own animals in their trucks, that they refer to as 'An Ambassador.' The one ambassador cat of the group, named Turtle, recently got out of a truck in Granby, QC. Foster said she's overwhelmed, as it seems the whole community wants to find the cat. She said the Ambassador animals are a key part of the program. "The dogs are so relaxed, they introduce them before they come into the truck." " They show them the bunk, like 'this is where we can lay and sleep' and it just keeps them really really calm and collected. And, they enjoy it." As for continuing to help ferry rescue animals, or those who are lost and found to their proper homes, Foster said most drivers can't get enough of it. "[One driver], he gets a hold of me all the time and says, 'Margaret, I'm getting tired of laughing at my own jokes, you'd better give me a dog.'" Visit on FaceBook; Furry Hobos N Hiway Hero"s. Dog gone Truckin! Thanks Margaret!!
Blackthorn Safety Solutions Inc. was created with the vision to assist carriers with their ever demanding need to be compliant and to offer solutions tailored for their specific needs. In the fast paced world of transportation, carriers are not only under extreme pressure to meet client demands and generate revenue but are held to very high regulatory standards. Many small to medium sized carriers have challenges becoming compliant let alone staying compliant. Some carriers do not have the resources necessary to achieve what they need to and in turn find themselves facing audits or even worse, sanctions from governing authorities. This is where Blackthorn Safety Solutions can help! Blackthorn Safety Solutions is a business that is scalable to each carrierâ€™s needs and can offer such services as consulting and fleet oversight from a very high level to driver training and compliance monitoring on a daily basis. As stated, these solutions are scalable and individually crafted for each business model. If preparing for a facility audit is needed, Blackthorn has very knowledgeable and experienced staff to assist in getting prepared. If programs and policies are required, we have these solutions available as well. We can also manage your day-today compliance needs too! Do you need your logs managed and maintained? We have a solution for that! We offer driver hiring and due diligence services to assist you in making the right hire from criminal background checks, reference checks, PSP and abstract searches as well as US DOT and non-DOT drug and alcohol 20 testing solutions.
Maybe you need assistance with or an outright outsourced solution for fuel tax filings? Blackthorn has very experienced fuel tax specialists that can relieve this burden, not to mention the ability to monitor and manage your permits and authorities. Collisions and claims are one of the largest issues faced by all carriers in the industry. Blackthorn can help with offering services to assist in managing your losses, recognizing the true costs to your organization and put in place measurables to effectively manage the risks and effectively train your fleet. Effective collision monitoring and management directly translates into lower risk with insurance providers which in turn, can translate into better insurance premiums and lower deductibles. This can be as little as consulting and recommending corrective measures to completely outsourcing the solution and have us manage the process for you! Blackthorn Safety Solutions is serious about safety and we can be a valuable resource for your existing safety program. If safety programs are an area that needs attention we can analyze your current program, identify gaps and assist in closing those gaps or can create a totally customizable solution for you. The choice is yours but whatever solution you choose, Blackthorn will work with you to make it happen!
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Safety Solutions not just a good idea, a requirement! By Dave MacKenzie Outsoucing, cost effective, best way to do business. Within the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Operational Model, the Safety Measurement System (SMS) quantifies the on-road safety performance of carriers and drivers to identify candidates for interventions, determine the specific safety problems that a carrier or driver exhibits, and to monitor whether safety problems are improving or worsening. The large companies have extensive safety departments that handle all aspects of training and enforcement to ensure they meet the requirements of SMS. A great deal of skill and training is needed in order to maintain levels acceptable should an audit come in play. Blackthorn on the following page offer services to those companies that seek to be compliant in a cost effective way with experience Blackthorn members to run programs that meet and exceed CSA requirement from the skills that have manifested in these Blackthorn members from years of being compliant. SMS keeps you the driver safe on the road turning wheels making a living while not putting your health and safety at risk.
SMS has replaced SafeStat in the new Operational Model. SMS uses a motor carrierâ€™s data from roadside inspections, including all safety-based violations, State-reported crashes, and the Federal motor carrier census to quantify performance in the following Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). After a measurement is determined, the carrier is then placed in a peer group (e.g., other carriers with similar numbers of inspections). Percentiles from 0 to 100 are then determined by comparing the BASIC measurements of the carrier to the measurements of other carriers in the peer group. A percentile 100 indicates the worst performance. Now that we have covered the SMS in these short pages if you donâ€™t have a dedicated safety department to meet or exceed these requirements have your company contact Blackthorn and get those ducks in a row. Blackthorn a CTM top rated Safety provider, talk to ownership today about outsourcing to Blackthorn a win win for everyone. .
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MyDenny’s App Adds Value for Frequent Diners
It's all about you. Your preferences, your tastes, your cravings. It's your Denny's, so why not have it all? Make Denny's yours with MyDenny's, the only app that earns you perks with every bite you take. Denny’s Restaurants has been a staple of Canadian dining for the last 45 years, providing classic diner fare, an inviting atmosphere, and great value for all their guests. With 59 locations across the country, many located along major transit routes, Denny’s is a dining staple for drivers, providing a bit of comfort and familiarity when away from home. Denny’s has always placed a high importance on being a good value, but with their recently relaunched Loyalty Program they have found a way to make dining an even better deal, especially for their loyal customers. With a simple download from Google Play or the App store, the free MyDenny’s mobile app allows guests to earn points for every purchase at participating stores. Every purchase also earns a stamp on their digital loyalty card. Once the card has been filled in, members earn a special $5 reward coupon and a new card is started automatically. One of the big questions about the app, has been how hard is it to get enough points to get the rewards? Well the answer is it’s easy, and there are lots of added incentives to sign up! New members automatically get 50 points for registering and there are opportunities to earn bonus points by completing polls on the app and entering promo codes that are posted on social media or emailed to their members. It doesn’t take long to earn enough points to redeem for rewards such discounts on purchases or free food and beverages. Every week Denny’s is giving away one thousand points to a new member, so there is an added incentive to sign up. With over 45,000 members and growing quickly, the app is proving to be highly successful for both Denny’s and their customers. One of the cool new upgrades to the app is the ability to scan a QR code on the bottom of each receipt, making it quick and easy to add the points to your account. Members can also use the app to send invitations to meet up with friends and share points back and forth with other members. For the non-smartphone users, there is a desktop version of the loyalty program available at www.mydennys.ca providing all the perks, promotions, and contests available through the app. If you are a Blackberry user, you can use the mobile web version on your phone’s Internet browser, also at mydennys.ca.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, New York.
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Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, Sherry Pollex, and crew chief Cole Pearn celebrate in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, New York. 36
FIRST CLASS TRAINING CENTRE
STARTING OR ON THE JOB FCTC HAS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU By Jim Campbell Since opening our All of our instructors at doors in January 2012, First First Class are career veteran Class Training Centre Inc. has truck drivers. been providing the highest These instructors have standard of training to our combined on-the-road trucking clients in a personal relaxed experience that exceeds two learning environment. centuries! From the beginning we That’s a lot of experience recognized there was a need for teaching the students. a high quality Class 1 driver Our instructors will give training program preparing the you the training you will need to students for a promising career take on the challenges of the ahead of them. transportation industry. Becoming a profesDemand for our high stansional truck driver takes dard of training and unique peryears of experience. spective on the trucking industry Any truck driving school has been fuelling our growth, and can teach you how to drive a we now have eight instructors on truck, but at First Class Training staff in Winnipeg and one in our Centre we are interested in new Brandon location. teaching you how to get industry As well as training locally, ready. we have also done out of town All aspects of the job projects as far north as Thompare covered in the training. son, Manitoba, but the down fall We don’t limit our instruc- to out of town training was to find tion to the things that will help a suitable location for a classroom you get your licence; we want to and transporting our air-board to help individuals to go out and do proper air-brake training. get a job. That’s when my partner, We’ll do this by sharing Jeff Esslinger and I, decided to the kind of insight that can only custom build a mobile classbe earned by spending years room for training that we can doing the job, and helping you bring almost anywhere in Manprepare for a career in the in- itoba. dustry, not just a road test.
This 48 foot trailer has a classroom with 8 air-ride truck seat for the students, a fully functional tractor trailer air board system and a state of the art driving simulator. Our passion at First Class is not just developing new drivers for the industry but we have a passion for the trucking industry as a whole. We invite trucking firms to take advantage of our mobile training unit to refresh or enhance their drivers with the use of the driving simulator. We will book and bring the trailer and instructor right to your work place almost anywhere in Manitoba for as many days as needed so you are able to assess your drivers. With the driving simulator, First Class can develop a company specific curriculum to suit the organizations particular needs, including complete orientation programs for newly hired drivers.
For more information on First Class Training Centre and all that we offer, be sure to check out our website at
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It seems like yesterday but 40 years ago Jack Shields and his 3 sons (Clarence, Jim & John) started their first restaurant an A&W, in a small northern town called Fort McMurray. At that time there were less then 5,000 people living in that community. From there they expanded to include the Fort’s first Smitty’s Pancake House & Diary Queen franchises, the Garden Cafe, Willies and Oriellys & the Stags Head Inn. As Fort McMuuray continued to grow so did the Shields family business. In 1986 after the introduction of the Liberal National Energy Program the family lost all their business and were forced to start all over again. Some 25 years ago Jack and Clarence started all over again by operating a restaurant located the Nisku Truck Stop. From there they continued to grow acquiring the Airways Country Inn and numerous other business interests. Brother Jim and his wife Jody ventured off to start a successful greenhouse operation, while John continued on with an award winning career in radio. Blackjacks Roadhouse and Games Room is a brand new building been created to host Clarence’s latest vision, this outstanding and beautiful building features amazing truss work and a 2nd floor grand stage over- looking our room. They boast the best buffet in the area, as well as a great Canadian & Chinese cuisine menu. Our games room is furnished with 25 V.L.T.s, 5 Minute Keno, Sports Select. Watch and play all the sports from our comfortable lounge. Trucker Friendly Please come by anytime and enjoy our menu and great service. Open 24 hours a day featuring specials daily. Spend some time wandering around looking at one of the largest collection of oilfield, trucking and car racing memorabilia dating back some 100 + years. BLACKJACKS always look forward to the opportunity to be of service.
WESTRANS 1967 - 2017 That’s 50 Years
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY WESTRANS is a leading remanufacturer and supplier of parts for commercial trucks and trailers, light duty vehicles, agricultural equipment, and heavy duty industrial equipment, with branches in Winnipeg, Regina, and Thunder Bay. With a humble start in1967, Wes-T-Rans, as the company was then known, opened as a remanufacturer of transmissions and differentials for light duty trucks at a small shop on Bannister Road in Winnipeg. The company quickly found a market for its product at local repair shops, including Canadian Tire service centres. The 1970’s saw rapid growth adding new mechanics to keep up with demand, billing itself as the largest automatic transmission builder in Winnipeg. In the 1970s, the company expanded and diversified, adding services such as brake shoe relines, drive shaft rebuilds, and automatic transmissions for performance vehicles. As well, Wes-T-Rans established its retail parts store. This growth expanded the operations to become true parts, brake and powertrain specialists, powered by some of the most experienced staff in the industry. Later the addition of a Regina Branch and a Thunder Bay branch solidified Westrans in the marketplace
At the service centre, located at Westrans' Winnipeg facility, you will find our skilled mechanics working on everything from smaller cars with front wheel drive transmissions, to 18 semi trucks, to specialty vehicles like school buses, ambulances and off road vehicles. A key part of Westrans is the experienced and knowledgeable staff, some of whom who have been with the company for over 30 years. It’s this expertise, combined with Westrans superior remanufacturing capabilities and fully-stocked warehouse, that enables them to take on all types of jobs, and really look after you.
Westrans offers an extensive parts delivery service to Winnipeg, Regina, Thunder Bay, and surrounding areas, as well as a 24-hour emergency parts answering service. Today, Westrans is a leading, respected supplier to the trucking. automotive, agricultural, construction, and mining industries.
Images : Above ~ the Winnipeg Parts counter, Left ~ the Thunder Bay Team, Larry Catillo & Mark Earl Right ~ The Regina Team
The CEO, John Williams notes that customer service is always the priority. We make every effort to ensure we are responding to the ever changing needs of the customer. Our employees experience and commitment are why our customers have come to rely on us for answers. Customer service and 50 years of expertise makes us a major force in our industry. During the growth of Westrans, diversification has been the key to customer satisfaction. The company now has a complete clutch rebuilding department, including exchange clutches, steering gears and pumps, air valves, power take offs, compressor rebuilding, as well as transmission , differential and brake shoe rebuilding departments, and more. Also onsite in Winnipeg, they have a high speed driveshaft balancer that can meet or exceed OEM tolerances to ensure a long life for your remanufactured drive shaft. They stock an extensive line of the industry’s most trusted brands with leading vendors such Meritor, Timken and Spicer. Even if it’s a hard to find a part, their experienced staff can usally find a solution. Westrans offers the parts, service, and expertise to get you back out on the road. They know that, for many of the customers, a vehicle isn’t just a mode of transportation – it’s a business.
That’s why Westrans is dedicated to getting you the parts and service you need to get you back on the road in the shortest time possible. The parts department stocks hundreds of the industry’s most trusted product lines. It is with that customer philosophy in mind that that Westrans will be having a 50th Anniversary Customer Appreciation on September 7, 2017. The event begins at 2:00 pm. There will be many of the leading industry vendors to showcase their quality products, and a good time to ask questions. An appearance by Art Burke and Stephanie Custance of Ice Road Truckers is going to be an exciting addition to the event. Also being showcased will be race cars, antique trucks, and many other exciting activities. Food and prizes will be available later in the day. Check out the web page with current specials and a spin to win and more at: www.westrans.com On September 7th at 515 Oak Point Highway from 2 to 6 pm Westrans celebrated our customers, our employees, and to a proud future!! It was an outstanding event with Ice Road Truckers Art Burke & Steph Hammer Down Cusstance in attendance.