Manac manufactures 100,000th semitrailer

Manac, manufacturer of semitrailers in Canada, delivered its 100,000th unit July 13th, 2004, to a long-time customer, Groupe Guilbault of Quebec.

During a ceremony at Manac's head office in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, representatives from Groupe Guilbault took ownership of the new 53-foot tandem aluminum van, painted with a display of Guilbault's 75th anniversary. In 1929 at Grondines, in the county of Portneuf, Paul Guilbault began a small transport company that picked up milk containers. The company now employs 850 people, operates 15 terminals in Quebec and Ontario, and serves the eastern United States with a fleet of 325 trucks and l,600 semitrailers, all manufactured by Manac.

Manac has been manufacturing semitrailers since 1966 and delivered its 30,000th unit in 1994, a van built for a lottery held to raise money for a home for terminally ill cancer patients. Although it took 30 years to fabricate the first 30,000 semitrailers, in only 10 more years Manac reached the milestone of 100,000 units. The 100,000th semitrailer is part of an order of 64 two-and three-axle vans.

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