GUELPH, Ont. – Four hundred people joined MacKinnon Transport in its 75th birthday celebration May 29, held in conjunction with the company’s bi-annual family fun day.
MacKinnon Transport began its trucking world venture June 4, 1929 when founder Alexander (Leslie) MacKinnon purchased a used 1928 Chevrolet straight back truck.
He hauled livestock to the Toronto Stockyards and on his return home, he would haul coal, fertilizer and other farm supplies. For the next 14 years, the business operated with one truck and a base of 125 customers who were members of the farming community in the village of Caledon, Ont.
Alexander and his wife, Stella, had two children, Bill and Merle.
When Bill turned 15, he obtained his driver’s licence and purchased a second truck, and the business expanded.
Bill is currently president of the company.
In 1975, Bill’s son Evan started full time with the company and is CEO of MacKinnon Transport today.
His three children are employed within the organization which makes is four generations of the MacKinnon family involved in the industry.
The company has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2002 and 2003.
“We’re proud of where we’ve come from and we look forward to where we are headed,” said Evan MacKinnon, at MacKinnon’s celebration day.
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