Expansion for truck repair business

A few days ago, we were visited by David Parker from Calgary Herald who wrote an article about Brandell Diesel. Here the article.

Calgary has become a major transportation hub for the movement of goods and people by air, rail and road. Also, you can go to PressReader to read the article.

Calgary has become a major transportation hub for the movement of goods and people by air, rail and road.

The number of warehouses and distribution centres continues to grow with massive structures in place to receive and forward a wide variety of foods, merchandise and equipments. Much of it is transported by truck, mostly fuelled by diesel.
As the trucking industry has grown, so, too, has the need for qualified maintenance and repair shops. Brandell Diesel (BDI) is one company that has enjoyed rapid growth that has necessitated relocation to much larger premises. Not bad for a company launched in 2013 by Brandon Mandel and his wife, Marisol, the company’s chief financial officer.
Mandel is from a solid farm background, having grown up in the Taber area, where his father fixed diesels for many years and enjoyed having his sons help him while learning the trade.

Mandel moved to Calgary and worked for truck dealerships as a service manager and shop foreman before deciding to strike out on his own. With the encouragement and advice of Chris Blundell, the owner of Compact Compressions, he started Brandell Diesel with just one other mechanic in a small bay in northeast Calgary.

Within its first year, the business had a staff of six mechanics. After 18 months, Mandel was thankful to be able to lease the adjacent bay, increasing its space to 16,000 square feet.
Today, the employee count has climbed to 17 full-time workers. With the help of Dave Jorgensen of Cypress Real Estate, Mandel has moved his operation to a 22,000-square-foot building that can handle 15 large trucks and five light-duty diesels at the same time. The 72nd Avenue S.E. location in Foothills Industrial Park is proving to be ideal, as it is surrounded by truck traffic and close to all of BDI’s vendors.

The office area is complete and, although shelving is still being built in the extensive parts department, the large yard was full of vehicles and busy mechanics on my visit.
Service and maintenance are highly specialized trades today and individual experience and knowledge has to be backed up by the latest technology. Mandel’s shop has more than $200,000 of specialized tooling.

He said good advice from his father was, “Work smart, not hard,” so his technicians are supported with frequently updated diagnostics, with a laptop at each station.
Customers can book a service and follow the work online. From home or office they are always aware of the status of their vehicle and can discuss repairs and new parts, even able to look at photographs or videos taken of trouble spots.

Law demands every commercial truck must have a yearly inspection and the same goes for truck-mounted cranes that his specialists are also licensed to inspect and repair.
BDI has the space and staff to work on both diesels and cranes in the same bay, cutting down on the amount of time a vehicle is kept off the road.

Mandel knows trust is built up by the transparency of his business. He strives to educate his customers and holds free courses at their fleet yards.
Bringing farm values to the city, and earning a solid reputation standing by his motto of “common sense service’” has helped Mandel enjoy his rapid growth.

What’s the diff? Well, it’s short for ‘differential’ which has the job of balancing the speed of your car’s drive wheels. When a car is turning a corner the inside wheels have slightly less distance to travel than the outside wheels. The ‘differential’ as its name suggests, compensates for the difference.  You can learn all about how the Diff works by viewing our latest AutoFacts video.

Now if you drive a front wheel drive vehicle then this function is handled by the trans axel, however its role is the same. For the more traditional rear wheel drive, the differential is located on the rear axle.

On 4WD drives and all wheel drive vehicles you’ll have a differential on both front and rear axles and a transfer case that handles the difference of power as required from front to rear.

As differentials have to cope with enormous amounts of torque and strain, they are manufactured as heavy duty components relying on oil to keep them cool and lubricated.

Like all oils they do wear out and need replacing from time to time… along with a number of seals which are located at the junction of the universal joint and at the end of each axel.

The good news is, when you have your car serviced at your Repco Authorised Service centre, your oil level and seals are inspected as part of their 65 point safety check.

We are proud to be long term supporters of the fantastic work that the Starlight Children’s Foundation does for sick children.

So, what is it that Starlight does and why is it so important?  Happiness is a part of total health care, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation supports kids, teenagers and their families all over Australia. Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. Starlight brightens the lives of sick kids and their families, turning fear, pain and stress into fun, joy and laughter. Last year Starlight supported 145,000 seriously ill children, teens and their families – regardless of illness, injury or age.

Recently, Mr Peter Webb, Repco Authorised Service National Manager attended a special day at a Starlight Express Room to see first-hand the amazing work being done.  Mr Webb explains why the Starlight Children’s Foundation is the chosen charity of RAS. “Like many of our workshop owners, I’m a parent and a grandparent, so it was a pretty simple decision to make. What better way to help than to bring a little hope and joy into a sick child’s life?”

Friday May 1st is Starlight Day. To support this initiative Repco Authorised Service will be making a donation on behalf of each of the 360 independent mechanical businesses Nationwide.