EllisDon has been a significant force in the construction industry since its founding in 1951. From its humble beginnings it has worked on a variety of notable construction projects from schools to convention centres to large stadiums. Now with 2,500 employees and 15 offices all over Canada and around the world, EllisDon has definitely made its mark in construction.
So, when EllisDon needed a trusted provider, who could lease vehicles for upcoming construction projects, they looked to Thomas Solutions for help. EllisDon needed a mid-sized, reliable pickup truck that could support its various construction projects . The vehicle that was chosen for the task was the 2019 GMC Canyon.
The Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck designed to be practical for use in the city as well as on rough terrain. Powering the truck is a 2.8-litre four-cylinder Duramax diesel engine with options for a 2.5L four-cylinder or a 3.6L V6. The diesel however, provides the best torque and mileage of all the engines and offers around 10.4L/100 kilometers. The Duramax engine delivers 181 horsepower at 3400 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm.
The 4×4 variant leased to EllisDon includes an automatic setting that allows it to navigate roads that have alternating dry and snowy patches. The towing capability provides up to 7,700 pounds with a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,499 pounds. Other features include Stabilitrak with traction control for improving stability, trailer sway control and hill start assist for navigating inclines with ease with or without a trailer, and automatic rear locking differential for improving traction on gravel or slippery surfaces.
A variety of advanced safety features were also included. Rear park assist provides distance-to-objects alerts during reverse parking maneuvers. Lane departure and forward collision alerts help the driver maintain adequate safety distances from objects in front and on both sides while travelling.
The Canyon’s cabin is thoughtfully designed to make everything within easy reach combined with simple and intuitive buttons and switches. The seats are in a higher, more upright position and is comfortable and supportive even on a long drive. The front seats are both heated and ventilated and the rear seats offer generous legroom which can also fold down flat to provide space for extra cargo. The cushions can be flipped up to reveal cargo bins below.
For EllisDon’s needs, the GMC Canyon was the perfect choice because it gives them a capable mid-size pickup with all the features they need to take on all kinds of road conditions in any weather. Thomas Solutions retrofitted the truck with all the necessary touches to suit the construction environment requirements such as a custom backrack and a low profile LED strobe light.
Do you need customized work trucks? Contact us at 1-877-479-1388 or email Steve Gruber at firstname.lastname@example.org for your car, truck or fleet rental and no-term leasing needs. We have locations in Hamilton, Selkirk & Niagara and service all of Ontario through our partner network. With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of work vehicles for lease or rent, and an expert team that provides fleet management services for large industrial firms.