H.V. Welles Ltd. - 1929-1947 - Welles Corp. - 1948-1990 - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
H.V.Welles built “Dearborn” COEs in Canada. Also built School buses and other commercial vehicles. Known producer of municipal invalid coaches and funeral vehicles.
Like Proctor-Keefe in Detroit, Welles modified standard Ford panels vans into specialty vehicles.
A small fleet of 1940 Ford ambulances built on standard Ford 122" 1-ton cab and chassis were bodied by Welles for use by the Canadian Air Force. The bodies featured an unusually wide humpbacked rear compartment that gave its military occupants a few additional inches of both head and shoulder room.Welles Corporation also converted the 1956 Ford Courier Sedan Delivery into Ambulances.
Welles Corporation Ltd. of Windsor, Ontario built Marmon-Herrington buses under license during the early 1950s. The resulting inter-city vehicles were called WMH Motor Coaches or Wells-Marmon-Herrington coaches.
Warford Corp. of Canada 1925 - 1928
The small auto accessories firm of the Warford Corporation of Canada, headed by Halsey V. Welles in 1925 grew into a major manufacturer of school buses and other specialty vehicles. Bus manufacture began in 1948. The company was sold in Feb 1985 to Richmond Transportation Corporation of Richmond, Ind.
In May 1987, there was a fire at the Welles plant on Drouillard road where it was subsequently gutted. In conjunction with the city, property was bought on the former Sheller-Globe plant site on Marentette St. and a new plant was established. In April 1990, it was announced that in mid-June of 1990, this plant would close, which it did.
aka Wayne Bus Body Co
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