Ready for a heavy load

New LR Vincent truck can handle ‘anything imaginable’

SOME OF THE STAFF at L.R. Vincent Truck and Service Inc. in Kingsford. From left are Steve Smith, Operations Manager Rob Waliczek, Ross Jenkins and Jay Snyder. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

KINGSFORD — A new “premier vehicle” has joined the towing fleet at L.R. Vincent Truck and Service Inc. of Kingsford.

The new 60-ton NRC slider on a Western Star chassis arrived early last week. The heavy-duty technology on the 60-ton will reach, lift and pull anything imaginable, L.R. Vincent Operations Manager Rob Waliczek said.

“We are now able to take on bigger jobs — from Greyhound buses to logging trucks,” Waliczek said.

The business recently sold a 25-ton unit — “We found that it just wasn’t big enough for what we needed,” Waliczek said — to purchase the 60-ton vehicle.

In addition to the new truck, they currently have two flatbed trucks, as well as a service truck.

L.R. VINCENT TRUCK and Service Inc. recently purchased this new 60-ton NRC slider on a Western Star chassis to take on bigger jobs. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

They are capable of towing cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, semi-trucks and more, he said.

“We have done everything, including airplanes and helicopters as well as vehicles through the ice,” Waliczek said.

L.R. Vincent was founded by Louis Vincent in 1958 as a mail route carrier.

“Louis made additions to his business to include the towing and recovery service in the late 1960s,” Waliczek said.

Vincent then expanded those services after purchasing Cerasoli Towing and Twin Cities Towing.

L.R. Vincent tow operator Eddie Hedlund preps a flatbed for a recovery. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

Greg Causley purchased L.R. Vincent Truck and Service from Louis and Darlene Vincent in 1995. In 1999, the business moved from the north side of Iron Mountain to 853 N. Hooper St. in Kingsford.

Tow operators include Eddie Hedlund, who is WreckMaster-certified with 10 years of experience; Steve Smith, with five years; Jay Snyder; and Waliczek, with 27 years.

“Hedlund attended school to received the knowledge and skills from anything from light to heavy duty towing and recovery,” Waliczek said. “WreckMaster is the ‘cream of the crop’ when it comes to this type of training.”

L.R. staff members are Allison Waliczek, dispatcher/secretary; Michelle Forstrom, office manager/controller; Deanna Ray, safety/human resources; Rachel Waliczek, daily miles/fuel logs and dispatcher; Joe Bowman, parts manager; Ross Jenkins, service manager; and Justin Bazola, night mechanic; as well as numerous mail drivers.

L.R. Vincent is able to assist with lockouts, roadside work, light on-site mechanics and junk vehicle removal.

“We give police calls precedence over everything else, but we get in and clear the vehicles and scene as quick as possible,” Waliczek said. “The safety of your vehicle is of utmost importance to us, so we take every precaution.”

Their “jump start” business is really busy at this time of year, as the temperatures drop.

“People need to be aware that when they do get their battery jumped, they don’t always need to be replaced all the time but advised to get them checked,” Waliczek said. “Don’t trust they are going to start back up the next time.”

L.R. Vincent Truck and Service is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Waliczek stressed. They will travel almost anywhere — local, regional as well as other states.

The company also offers discounts to veterans and senior citizens who are on a fixed income and in need of assistance. They can be reached at 906-774-3960 or 906-282-3203.

“We are here to help people,” Waliczek said, “more than anything else.”


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