By Al Tucker
My continuing respect for the entrepreneurs in our commercial services and manufacturing sector in this country was reinforced once again during my recent visit to meet Donald Ryckman, President of Mitryk Services Inc. in London, Ontario.
Don, a certified welder by trade, has been in the Heavy Duty Up-fitting and Service business since 1985. In the early days, he was Foreman at B K & B Truck Body in the CN Car Shop location at Florence Avenue & Egerton Street in London. Mitryk Services opened its doors in 1985 and has been in a steady growth pattern ever since. Operating out of a 15,000 sq.ft. shop with two drive-through bays at 1127 Wilton Grove Road in south London – within a nine iron of the Highbury/401 intersection – the company enjoys the loyalty of many long-time accounts like Union Gas – a reward for their honest and dedicated service. Don explained that “if we can’t handle a job we’ll know a reliable place to recommend”.
Mitryk is a qualified Transport Canada registered intermediate stage “Up-fitter”, with a National Safety Mark. This designation becomes most important considering that one of their main jobs is the chassis installation of HIAB Loader Cranes and Moffatt Truck Mounted Forklifts. Lifting device certifications and inspection services are also on offer here. In addition, Mitryk is well known in the area for their expertise in the installation and servicing of BOSS Underdeck PTO Drive Compressors and Hydraulic Driven systems. The fabrication and installation of custom truck bodies is another example of their diversified capabilities. PMCVI, customized Preventive Maintenance Programs (maintain customers vehicle service history) and Licensed Motor Vehicle Inspections. The repair and inspection of Gasoline, Diesel and Propane powered vehicles is part of the Mitryk service package. The company also offers DriveClean® emission testing.
Additionally, the shop has an 80ft drive through pit and a 30ft pit for servicing all types of vehicles. Tractor Trailer units can be serviced without unhooking and 24 hour road service is another convenience enjoyed by their contract accounts.
During the winter season it is worth noting that Mitryk repairs all makes and models of Snow Plows and provides sales, warranty, service & parts for all SnowDogg™ equipment.
Don currently employs fourteen in the company including six licensed mechanics along with registered shop apprentices. In terms of community involvement, the company actively supports the Heart & Stroke™ Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society (Don, being a Cancer Survivor). By the way, I can’t forget to mention Dons’ four-legged, friendly greeter named “Blu”. If he nibbles at your hand, don’t worry, it’s only his way of showing his appreciation for petting him.☚