“All-Equip” Fabrications & Repair Services
By Al Tucker
On a recent visit to St Mary’s Ontario – known to the locals as ‘Stonetown’ for its many vintage limestone homes and commercial buildings – I had arranged to meet with Manfred Loerzel the owner of “All-Equip Repair Service” at their new Trailer fabrication facility and Truck/Tractor repair/service centre. The site is located at 2302 Road 125 on the outskirts of the town – formerly occupied by Robica Forman Tank before they were acquired by Tremcar. The easiest route to follow from #7 Highway (Elginfield Road) would be to take Perth Road 20 North to Road 125 and turn back South to the plant that is on the north side just after crossing 14th Line.
Manfred explained that he had learned the meaning of hard work growing up on a Perth County Hog farm operation through the 80’s and 90’s where he gained experience in the maintenance and repairing of machinery and truck equipment. By 2008, having learned a great deal in the “School of Hard Knocks”, it was decided to move out of farming into the trucking business and by 2010 they had 10 trucks on the road hauling livestock. In the process of keeping their own Tractors and Trailers on the road, and growing tired of fighting for adequate freight rates, Manfred and family decided that a major change of direction was needed. They concluded that there was a need for an additional heavy-duty repair and service operation in the Huron, Perth, Middlesex and Oxford County region. In spite of the challenges ahead, Manfred had finally found his true calling. Consequently in 2011, with the unwavering support of his brother Bernie, family and friends, the decision was made to open up their first “All-Equip Repair Service” facility at 21 Griffith Road E. in Stratford. Another “must have”, once the original shop was up and running, was a Mobile Service unit to offer a wide range of at-your-door & roadside services including Tire, Welding & Repair, A/C Repair, Brake Releases, Fueling, Battery Boosts, Lockouts etc. covering Trucks, Trailers, Coach and Farm equipment.
With a growing demand for their shop services and the subsequent need for more space, Manfred and Bernie had their eyes fixed on the vacant St. Mary’s property and in 2016, after a year of tough negotiating, the bank agreed to their terms. In the process of setting up expanded services at this newest location, they proceeded to add experienced certified welders – Aluminium, Steel & Stainless – along with more licenced mechanics, giving them a full-service experienced team.
Their Mobile Axle Doctor can handle all axle eye and kingpin repairs – without removing axles. Collision and body work, sand blast and paint are another specialty service. Engine overhauls for Cat, Cummins, Detroit, Volvo, Mack, Paccar and Navistar, confirms that “All-Equip” has ‘All-Makes’ capabilities. Whether its Suspension repairs, Driveline replacement, Rad & Cooling system service or Hydraulics – Fleets and Owner/Operators can count on the All-Equip Team. As an active supporter and employer of apprentices, the total number of employees at their two locations recently reached 20 and counting. Between both locations, All-Equip now have close to 50,000 square feet under one roof with 12 drive-through and 6 truck bays, including a state-of-the-art Paint Booth in St Mary’s.
In terms of the fabrication of Trailers, their new venture is prepared to custom build any type of Trailer configuration, with particular aim at the Tank, Grain Trailer and Agra Business market in general. Need a replacement Dump Body installed on your chassis or an existing Trailer converted to meet ‘SPIF’ requirements? Need a Tractor ‘Tricked Up for Show’ at next June’s Clifford Truck Show? All-Equip can make it happen!
All-Equip is now a six day a week enterprise, even offering service ‘by appointment’ on a Sunday. Keep ‘em rolling really does ‘Matter’ here! To reach Manfred or Bernie, Foreman Will Meinen and the rest of the All-Equip team call Toll Free 888.761.6299.
Keep the rubber side down! Tuck.☚