This morning we celebrated the official Grand Opening of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® St. Catharines franchise in Ontario. We had a gathering of friends, family and members of the local community in attendance to celebrate this exciting occasion.
The President of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Canada, John Prittie, welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about our planned expansion beyond Ontario.
We were lucky enough to have the presence of the two original “stick men”: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International CEO Brig Sorber and Executive Vice-President Jon Sorber. It all started as an after-school business for these two men when they were just high school students. They were there to congratulate TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® St. Catharine’s franchise owner Cotie Drinkwater on his brand new franchise opening.
Jon Sorber shared some memories of our 30 year history, saying “The more value we bring to our local communities the more we grow,” while Brig Sorber explained that, “The system will employ more than 7000 people at our peak this summer.”
We also had some local dignitaries on hand to say a few words.
Rick Dykstra, MP of St. Catharines, talked about the importance of our new TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location, remarking that, “Small businesses drive job growth. Thank you for making the investment in St Catharines – Niagara.”
Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines, also spoke about the benefit of having our new franchise located in his city, saying “We’re delighted to have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® St. Catharines here, providing jobs and serving our community.”
Eva Szypulska, President of The Mikey Network, was proud to talk about the partnership between our two organizations. All TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Canada moving trucks are equipped with MIKEY defibrillators as part of our Mikey On Board program. Szypulska explained, “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Canada is the 1st in Canada to put defibrillators on all their trucks.” Cotie marked the occasion with a demonstration of how a MIKEY defibrillator can help save lives in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.
What’s a celebration without cake? Cotie and his family were grateful to all who came out to this event to share in his exciting new endeavor.
Congratulations to Cotie Drinkwater on his brand new franchise!