A Wise Choice
Tuck Routes by Al Tucker
My travels last month took me along John Wise Line in Elgin County to visit “Wise Line Truck & Auto” at 43718 John Wise Line, St. Thomas, Ontario. Their corporate namesake, John Wise, was a former Agriculture Minister for the Conservative government of Joe Clarke and Brian Mulroney. Under his watch, armed with a farmer’s hands-on-knowledge, he was instrumental in the development of the Canada-US Trade agreement with respect to Agriculture. Grape Growers remember his assistance that laid the foundation for today’s world-class Canadian wine industry.
The company owned by Rick & Amanda Lee was established in 2015; with the encouragement of Amanda’s father Joe Knapp, himself a Mechanic by trade. Their 4,000 sq. ft. shop is well equipped to handle every class of motor vehicle from Automobiles, Pick-ups of all sizes, Utility Trailers, Buses and HD Trucks. HD Highway Semi-Trailer maintenance could be considered part of their future maintenance services – should there be sufficient demand in their area. Their most recent shop addition, to complement three-exiting drive-on hoists, is an18,000 lb. drive-on capable of handling HD chassis equipped with high work-related bodies and equipment. The location in Elgin County determines that their focus is aimed in part at the Agri-Business sector, meaning that the repair of Farm Tractors and related equipment is a portion of their service business.
Steve Hume, their Shop Manager, a Licensed Diesel Specialist, has over 17 years of experience in Diesel Engine maintenance. Transmission and Air Brake Systems services are but a couple of the specialized services on offer. With winter in full swing, snow plow maintenance is part of their seasonal work. In the planning stages for 2018, is the establishment of a Front-End Alignment service. Drive-shaft replacement is also on offer. Accessibility to local, dependable, genuine OE and Aftermarket parts suppliers, offering JIT delivery, lets the shop concentrate on the repairs, knowing that the right parts for the job are close at hand.
In terms of staff, the front office is managed by Paul Noble. Plans to hire an apprentice mechanic are now in the works for the New Year. Most recently, Wise Line Truck & Auto became an approved ARI Fleet Services provider. This prized designation, gives the company access to the maintenance and repair needs of many Provincial and Municipal government fleets. Their success in establishing relationships with Contract Service Providers has also given them the opportunity to expand maintenance services for the local fleet of transit buses. As a recently authorized and certified Motor Vehicle Inspection Station, Wise Line Truck & Auto has proven their capabilities to provide accurate Diagnostic services. To complete their Service Promise, they offer their customers a pick-up and delivery shuttle service.
For their Shriner friends, they offer a “Nobility Discount” as well as acting as one of the Sponsors of the Aylmer Shrine Cruise that recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary. All in all, I have to say that it would be a ‘Wise Choice’ to put your maintenance worries into the hands of the Wise Line Team. Give them a call at 519.631.8228 or visit www.wiselinetruck.com.
Drive with care!☚