LACOLLE, Quebec – J.E. Fortin Inc. has celebrated its 90th anniversary and did so by unveiling its 426th truck, a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia equipped with a Detroit DD15 engine. The 400th truck purchased by the company, it has the number ’90’ painted on the side to highlight Fortin’s 90 years in business. It specializes in temperature-controlled freight.
Fortin spec’d the truck with an aluminum frame, leather interior, and a custom paint job to commemorate the occasion.
Jean-Claude Fortin, now company president, assumed purchasing responsibilities in 1961 when the fleet consisted of 26 trucks. His first truck purchase? A used Freightliner. Now it’s a fleet of more than 100 trucks, 80 percent of which are Freightliners, with more than 100 drivers. Truck #400 will be driven by Fortin’s top drivers as a reward for their hard work.
The fleet was launched in 1923 by Felix Fortin and has now been run by four generations of the family.
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