2007 - Volume #31, Issue #1, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Converts Semi Trucks For Use On Farms
Friesen and his staff sell several hundred units per year, and usually have close to 200 trucks on the yard at Winkler, Manitoba, at any time.
"Fleet trucks are well maintained and, when they come off lease, I negotiate to buy them from the operators. Then we recondition and convert them as needed, depending on what each customer wants. We can lengthen or shorten the frame, or make any other necessary adjustments," he says, noting that the refurbished trucks come with a limited-time warranty.
Some Load Line clients are custom haulers, but most are farmers who like the trucks because they are so economical. Friesen says his company sells trucks, complete with a box, for about one-third the price of a new truck.
"It gives guys the ability to own a larger truck, which makes it economical to haul products further afield, accessing more lucrative markets," Friesen explains. "Farmers don't generally put a lot of miles on their trucks overall, so these used units will last a long time. I also farm, myself, and my grain truck is one we converted at my shop."
The company also makes overseas sales to places like Russia, Mexico and Belize, but the bulk of its customers are North American farmers.
Load Line Manufacturing was established in 1989 and has 20 bays in its shop for conversion work. In addition, the business builds truck boxes and has a retail parts and accessories store.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Load Line Manufacturing, Inc., Box 1900, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada R6W 4B7 (ph 204 325-4798 or 866 245-7014; fax 204 325-4055; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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