Pat Dilillo, the founder of Di-Mond Trailers and the former owner of Mond Industries, passed away Oct. 18. He was 57.
Dilillo ran Mond Industries from 1981 to 1998 before selling the company to Trailmobile. He was known for such innovative ideas as stainless steel rear headers on dry freights before going to galvanized rear headers as standard. Dilillo was also responsible for the first 40-53-ft. extendable chassis before moving on to the all-galvanized extendable chassis.
“Pat was a true entrepreneur who never took ‘no’ for an answer,” says Trailcon Leasing president, Alan Boughton, who met Dilillo in 1992, shortly after launching Trailcon. “Failure was just a stepping stone to his next success.” Dilillo’s company manufactured some of the most rugged trailers in the business, including the tough “Bullet” models he built for Trailcon.
Dilillo made a name for himself because of his open door policy. Di-Mond officials said he was accessible to all customers to make their experience the best it could be.
Interested parties are being asked to make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or another charity in lieu of flowers.
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