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Walinga Trailer Makers Turn 60

GUELPH, ON— In 1954, the Yonge St. subway line, the first subway system in Canada, opened in Toronto; current Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory was born and Winnipe’g first television station began broadcasting.

Also that year, Ontario entrepreneurs Cornelius Walinga and John Medemblik founded Commercial Body & Coach, now known as Walinga Inc.

Walinga and Medemblik began handcrafting wooden truck bodies for local businesses under the slogan “Building Any Body For Anybody” and soon re-branded themselves as “Walinga Body & Coach”.

The Guelph, Ontario-based trailer makers are celebrating their 60th anniversary on September 13 at their head office, located at 5656 Hwy 6 North.

The celebration is an inclusive event; everyone is welcome, including kids; and features tours of the facility and new and vintage equipment. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

Walinga now has offices in Guelph, ON; Carman, MB; Davidson, SK and Magog,  QC. 

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