MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Trailer Wizards hosted a grand opening of their new expanded service centre in Mississauga today where they unveiled a brand new state of the art trailer.
As if the new, (20-bay) immaculate shop wasn’t enough for patrons to enjoy, Trailer Wizards used the new Vanguard VXP Quad trailer as the back drop for them to feast their eyes on.
“Because of Trailer Wizard’s grand opening, it was the perfect time to show off the new trailer,” said Charlie Mudd, president and CEO of Vanguard. “There are multiple specifications on the trailer that are both to meet legal requirements in Canada as well as the specific requirements of Trailer Wizards as our customer.”
According to Mark Diamantopoulos, vice-president of sales at Trailer Wizards, the trailer was kept hidden in the shop for a month before today.
“This trailer has been in the making for a year,” he said. “Seven months of careful planning was spent with engineers to make sure it met all Canadian regulations.”
The reason it was kept hidden was because of the competition of Trailer Wizards, who have and are making similar quad trailers, but Diamantopoulos said he isn’t worried because of the edge that the Vanguard VXP Quad has.
“All of our standard features are everybody else’s options,” he added. “That’s what makes us different – we look for the total cost of ownership in a trailer.”
The trailer is a Vanguard however, both Trailer Wizards and Max-Atlas (Trailer Wizards became an authorized dealer of Max-Atlas in February of this year) had a part in the trailer’s existence.
The day also served as a customer appreciation day, where attendees were provided with a free catered lunch, including a slice of cake from a specialty bakery that designed the cake as a replica of the facility itself (see photos in gallery below). Attendees also got a chance to win some major prizes (gifts cards, an iPad and a TV) and participate in a 50/50 draw.
Of course, no grand opening would be complete without a traditional ribbon cutting and speeches from the executives. Anne McKee, executive vice-president of Trailer Wizards took some time to thank the customers and employees of the facility and explain the need for the new space.
“This expansion brings us to 20 bays in the GTA supported by 10 mobiles and our attention as always with something like this is to ensure that our fleet is kept in service for you so you don’t have any downtime and you are able to service your customers,” she said. “As you know very well, a trailer that is sitting unused is not earning any money for you so we want to ensure your fleet is on the road and secondly we’re hoping to get outside service. We’re very pleased to be opening up this facility.”
Vanguard and Trailer Wizards in front of the new Quad trailer
Trailer Wizards from across the country
Max-Atlas and Trailer Wizards
Ribbon cutting ceremony
Cutting the cake
Vanguard VXP Quad trailer
Sonia Straface is the associate editor of Truck News and Truck West magazines. She graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2013 and enjoys writing about health and wellness and HR issues surrounding the transportation industry. Follow her on Twitter: @SoniaStraface. All posts by Sonia Straface