Trailcon purchases Stewart Trailers

BRAMPTON, ON – Trailcon Leasing has expanded its footprint in western Canada by acquiring Stewart Trailers – one of the largest welding, mobile service and trailer repair facilities in the Greater Vancouver Area.

The Surrey facility features 18,500 square feet of shop space, a 4,000-square-foot building, and 15 bays sitting on three acres of land. Five additional acres are available for future expansion. Stewart Trailers employs 15, including 12 shop and mobile mechanics.

Trailcon now has more than 135 employees in five Canadian branches, and owns a fleet of more than 7,000 units. Almost 100 licensed trailer technicians support an extensive mobile repair fleet, and the company reportedly services more than 10,000 customer-owned units across Canada.

Brian Jones, Trailcon’s Vancouver branch manager, is credited with identifying the opportunity. The facility is located on the South Fraser Perimeter Road, just north of the Trans-Canada Highway on Highway 17.

“Stewart Trailers gives us a top-notch facility on a popular trucking route in the Lower Mainland and the opportunity to serve a solid group of customers established by the great people at Stewart over the past 56 years,” said Alan Boughton, Trailcon president.

Pending investments in Stewart Trailers include technology-related enhancements.

“Trailcon has been escalating our dedicated full-service lease fleet in British Columbia for several years now. With our Stewart Trailers acquisition, we will be in an even better position to offer a full range of services to our customers locally and nationwide,” said Mike Krell, Trailcon’s vice president – sales and marketing.

Stewart Trailers, originally known as Stewart’s Welding and Mobile Repairs, was founded in 1960 by George and Doris Stewart. The company was purchased by Randy Drake in 1981, who changed the name to Stewart Trailers. Drake moved to a larger facility in Burnaby in 1995 and then to the current facility in Surrey.

“Our clients will benefit from the cutting edge technology Trailcon offers, as well as the long-term leasing and local rental options. We will be able to provide Trailcon customers with our in-house shop capabilities delivered by our professional maintenance technicians,” Drake said.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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