By Bob Miller, NTEA Director of Outreach
This article was published in the October 2017 edition of NTEA News.
NTEA visited Equipements TWIN Inc., a Distributor member in Anjou, Quebec. Through a series of acquisitions and consolidations, this full-line truck equipment house evolved into a manufacturer and upfitter of several types of truck-mounted equipment for the Canadian market. It also exports bodies and equipment to the U.S.
The business, which originally manufactured truck boxes, was founded in 1953 as Twin Equipment and Supply Ltd. (Rumor has it, the name was chosen because the owner was the father of twins.)
In 1969, the company was sold to UAP and converted to a business that sells, installs and repairs truck equipment. In 1980, it was purchased by a group of its employees and became Les Equipements Twin (1980) Ltee. A year later, an Ottawa branch opened and was sold to employees in 1986. Likewise, a new Quebec branch opened and was purchased by staff in 1997. From 1980–2001, TWIN focused on towing equipment, snow removal and liftgate products.
The business was acquired by the Beaulieu family in 2001. In March 2012, TWIN purchased Laval truck body manufacturer Michel Gohier Ltee (MG), and one of its sub-distributors, Distribution Raynald Bertrand Inc. (DRB), in July. A third organization was purchased in 2013, Fourgons PME Ltee of St-Leonard, a truck body manufacturer and repair shop.
In 2015, Equipements TWIN Inc. merged all four companies into one and launched the new brand, logo and colors. MG and PME were acquired to give the business a manufacturing arm, a concept team to increase product offerings and an opportunity for vertical integration while reducing dependence on imports and lowering production costs.
The Laval operation manufactures four-season and regular dump bodies, asphalt hot boxes, steel platforms, specialty trailers and material spreaders. Four-season dump bodies are sold through distributors in Canada and exported into the U.S.
Today, TWIN is owned by Louis Beaulieu, acting president, general manager and secretary, and Francois Beaulieu, vice-president responsible for Quebec sales. The company currently offers equipment grouped under 10 families: snow removal, dump bodies and flat decks, asphalt hot boxes, towing and recovery, aerial devices and service bodies, trailers, tailgates, articulated cranes and hooklifts, winches, and other accessories and parts.
TWIN has three locations in Montreal, Laval and Quebec; four facilities with 80,000 square feet under-roof and 240,000 square feet of parking for customer trucks and equipment storage; and 85 employees.
In 2005, the business was certified by Transport Canada and granted a trademark certificate of national safety mark, which is now mandatory in Canada. This certification ensures they perform installations and modification to meet Canadian Vehicle Bureau security standards. In 2006, the company’s welders were certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau.
The company acquired a Ford bailment pool and non-stocking agreement with GM in 2009. The following year, it became the first to be certified by Mercedes for the installation of aerial devices on Sprinter trucks.
Today, Equipements TWIN remains a leader in the sales, distribution, installation, manufacture and repair of truck equipment dedicated to the light, medium and heavy truck industry.
Four-season dump body
Learn more at eqtwin.ca or call 514-353-1190 (toll-free 877-300-8946).