April 1 Marks our 43rd Anniversary

  • 1 April 2018
  • Author: Kaitlyn
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It’s hard to believe that today marks the 43rd year that we have been in business (we promise, this isn’t an April Fool’s Joke!). When we opened our doors in 1975, we were based out of West Edmonton, on the corner of Stony Plain Road and 178th Street. It was west of Centennial Mall (now Mayfield Common) east of the now gone overpass and no other buildings other than Sandman Inn and Hayworth along Stony Plain Road.

An entrepreneur at heart, our founder, Elmer Schmidek, packed up his family of 7, moved from Hinton to Edmonton, purchased an old gas station, converted it into a small office and started operating as Edmonton’s first truck and trailer consignment centre.

(17708 Stony Plain Road - What you don't see in this photo is the campground that used to be west of our location, where the Schmidek’s lived for the first few months of their move until they relocated to an acreage west of Stony Plain.)

In 1986, we relocated west of Edmonton to a bigger building in the Acheson Industrial Area, zone 3 and again there was lots of land and no neighbors. With more shop space, we were able to add a service department, which was ran by Elmer’s oldest son, Gary. In 1996, Gary left the service department and moved into sales and shortly after expanded our trailer product line to be able to cater to a wider range of industries including construction, oilfield, transportation, and forestry industries.

(605 Acheson Road, Acheson AB)

In February of 2004, we made another move; this time it was only a mile away from Zone 3 to Zone 2 within the Acheson Industrial Area. Again wide open spaces, and our only neighbor was Husky with one gas pump. This location is where we still call home today.

(Now 26180 – 114 Avenue, Acheson, AB)

In the 43 years we’ve been in business, we’ve seen and done a lot. The business was passed from parents to children, we’ve moved a few times, survived a couple of economic recessions, expanded our services and product offering, and continued to put emphasis on providing our customers with unique solutions built for their exact applications.

We truly take pride in the fact that we’ve spent the last 4 decades selling, servicing, and providing after-market parts for trailers in the construction, oilfield, transportation, and forestry industries.

If you are looking for the kind of business that takes the time to understand your application and needs, we hope that you’ll consider visiting us. In the meantime, we’ll be planning for our next 43 years in business!


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