By Bob Miller, NTEA director of outreach
This article was published in the October 2016 edition of NTEA News.
In 1966, Leslie Varga Sr. founded Central Truck Body Co. Ltd. as a one-person operation in Ontario, Canada. Although the business has grown and evolved over time, the same core values have stayed consistent. The company remains privately owned, with three generations of the Varga family involved in daily operations.
NTEA visited with Leslie P. Varga Jr. and Tom Varga, both vice presidents and sons of the founder. They run a full-line truck equipment house, specializing in van bodies. The business is situated in a 35,000-square foot building on three acres, with approximately 30+ employees.
(L to R): Tom Varga, vice president; Leslie Varga Sr., founder; and Leslie Varga Jr., vice president, of Central Truck Body Co. Ltd.
Central Truck Body has been an NTEA member since 1984, and staff regularly attend The Work Truck Show®. Leslie said the event helps them stay in touch with the U.S. market. Business has been good, and they are looking forward to the coming year. As with NTEA members in the U.S., finding and keeping good people is a concern for the future.
The company installs and services a wide array of vocational van bodies, serving bakeries, bookmobiles, candy/pastry bodies, dairy and milk delivery, meat packing and delivery bodies, florists and gas cylinder ventilated bodies.
Their dry freight bodies are manufactured from aluminum, fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) and DuraPlate. They also furnish cutaway-style bodies, insulated bodies with refrigeration for full-size and pickup vans, and curtainside vans.
Additionally, Central Truck Body offers custom builds to suit special customer requirements, such as mobile offices, crane bodies, stake and platform bodies (with or without hoists), and custom tire service bodies. Specialty equipment includes roll-up and barn door-style doors, cargo control equipment, van interiors and conversions, and liftgates.
Curtainside truck at Central Truck Body Co. Ltd.
Services are body refurbishing and remounting, collision repair, sandblasting, custom painting and artwork, and decals. A complete parts department rounds out the offerings, enabling customers to purchase repair or service parts to do the work themselves.
According to Leslie, the company isn’t large, but the strength is in its size, accessibility and service-oriented employees, most of whom have been with the business for more than 10 years.
Central Truck Body is community-minded, employing students from local technical schools and supporting Little League Baseball and local charities for Juvenile Diabetes and Cancer Society.
For more information, visit centraltruckbody.com, call 416-749-2447 or stop by 820 Garyray Dr. in Weston, Ontario.