Shawn Risdale was looking for a change. After leaving his previous position as the night foreman at Glen Transport in Skookumchuk, Mr. Risdale, a licensed mechanic, was looking to find full-time employment and establish himself in the community.
“When I arrived in Invermere, I proceeded to do the usual job searches, handing out resumes looking for work,” said Mr. Ridsdale. “Not only were there no commercial transport repair facilities in town, there were no shops hiring… Period.” So he and his partner, Victoria Lang, crunched the numbers and decided to launch their own business.
Finding the perfect piece of land for sale in Athalmer’s Industrial Park, the pair scooped it up last December. While waiting for the new shop to be built, Mr. Ridsdale operated out of the existing building on the property under the company’s original name ‘Fast Action Repair Ltd.’ Performing the odd job on site, he also did emergency roadside repairs out of his mobile trailer unit.
“When we bought the property, I was repairing everything from small chainsaws all the way up to large trucks. I was happy to do whatever I could to pay the bills” he explained.
This past summer, they completed a 2,500 square foot shop for repairing and re-certifying commercial transport equipment. At 36 feet wide and 70 feet long, the shop is large enough to fit the largest single unit trailer (at 53 feet long) comfortably and with ample room to move, or fit two to three tractors in at the same time, Mr. Risdale explained.
Now that he has an established shop specifically designed for large tractor trailer units, Mr. Ridsdale has opted to change the name to accurately represent his line of work: his business now officially operates as ‘Invermere Truck and Trailer Ltd.’
Mr. Ridsdale’s specialty is commercial transport repair: mechanical, electrical and welding repairs of semi trucks, semi trailers, utility trailers and delivery trucks as well as RV and Motorhome units. With close to 20 years experience in the industry, Mr. Ridsdale is a red seal mechanic, a licensed inspector and is awaiting final approval to be an Inspection Designation facility, which will enable CVIs (Commercial Vehicle Inspections).
Mr. Ridsdale and Ms. Lang will be hosting an open house at Invermere Truck and Trailer Ltd. this Sunday, November 26th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. They invite anyone interested to come down and check out the new shop and business; refreshments will be served.
Invermere Truck and Trailer Ltd. is located at 1321 Industrial Road #3 in Athalmer’s Industrial Park.