Incorporated in December 1980, GLASVAN TRAILERS Inc. opened for business on February 1st, 1981. At that time the Company operated from a small three bay facility with only six employees. It's only product line was an FRP van built by Roussy Industries in London. From the very beginning GLASVAN was committed to providing the very best equipment available, to the trailer industry and backing that commitment with full service and parts facilities. This dedication to the industry's needs allowed GLASVAN to rapidly grow and prosper, in the face of a poor economy. Within the first six months the service facility expanded to five bays, additional salesmen and service mechanics were hired and it's first tractor for pick up and delivery of service work and new trailers was put on the road.
By the end of October 1982, GLASVAN had outgrown the original building and moved to it's current location at 1201 Aimco Blvd. in Mississauga. This move set the course for the company as it is today. The new facility has seven service bays plus a paint shop, a sizable parts warehouse and enough office space to last forever - or so we thought. However the continued commitment to sales of the finest products available coupled with a shop with an enviable record of service excellence, and a large inventory of competitively priced parts soon resulted in another expansion. By the fall of 1987 the shovels were in the ground and the facility underwent a major reconstruction to it's present size.
By this time additional highway tractors had been added to move out customers' trailers, mobile service trucks had been added to service their needs and parts trucks had been put on the road for fast parts delivery. GLASVAN had eleven service bays including a state of the art downdraught paint booth, shot blast facilities, 10,000 square feet of parts warehouse space and had remodeled and expanded the parts showroom, service, reception and office areas.
In 1990 GLASVAN TRAILERS Inc. acquired the distributorship for GREAT DANE Trailer Products and GLASVAN GREAT DANE Sales Inc. was born. The GREAT DANE trailer line is without question the most thoroughly designed and tested in the industry. As a result it has the well deserved reputation for being the finest, most reliable trailer on the road today. GREAT DANE'S corporate motto, "built better to last longer," is reflected in every detail of the product line.
1993 saw more equipment lines being added. A line of terminal and highway certified shunt tractors was also added. Manufactured by CAPACITY OF TEXAS, the trucks are designed for rugged service in the very demanding movement of trailers in large volumes. CAPACITY'S exclusive "Dura-Ride" air ride chassis and greatly improved driver ergonomics combine for efficient, low cost trailer shunting.
In 1996 GLASVAN further expanded it's product offering to include the innovative LANDOLL product line. Tilt Deck Trailers, Hydraulic Beaver Tails, Sliding Axles and Detachable Goosenecks are all included in the LANDOLL line up. If you have a specialized Equipment LANDOLL has the Trailer for your load requirements.
Today GLASVAN TRAILERS Inc. has established itself as the premiere trailer distributorship in the country. Three fully stocked sales, service and parts locations in Ontario cover a major portion of the Canadian market. We now employ almost 100 people in all areas of the operation and have a total of 25 service bays and 15,000 square feet of parts warehousing in three locations.
Going forward GLASVAN'S mission is to be responsive to the needs of the market place, further develop all areas of our expertise and continue with our first basic statement to provide the very best equipment, superior service and extensive parts to the Canadian trailer market.
In December 1999 GLASVAN received ISO 9002 Registration at the AIMCO location and by July 2000 all locations had been registered.