Don MacKenzie finally has this, our truck is a Will. C.H. Will was a bus builder in Minneapolis, Minnesota that decided to get into the truck business around 1930. Below is some information supplied by John Frances. Thanks very much to Edgar Browning for our WAI photo, John for the other Will truck photos, and Don for the bus photo. Note while they look nearly identical, these are two different trucks.
Will Motors Expands; to Manufacture Trucks
Expansion of the C. H. Will Motors Corporation business to include the manufacture of trucks to be marketed throughout the Northwest was announced this week by C. H. Will, president of the corporation which has its factory and office headquarters in Minneapolis.
Production of the trucks will be started immediately, according to President Will.
The company has acquired several acres of land adjacent to the present plant to provide for expansion as production is increased. The present capacity is from 18 to 24 trucks a week.
The Minneapolis firm will be the only truck manufacturer in the Northwest between Chicago and the Pacific coast. In the peak season it will increase its payroll to approximately 325 persons, Mr. Will said".
The line of Will trucks to be built will include sizes from 1½ to 5 tons, with several custom built models for special services, high speed freight trucks, tractors and dump trucks.
Last year the company's total volume of business reached about 4,500,000, while payroll totaled approximately $500,000. With a heavy truck production, the payroll will be increased in 1930.
The firm was incorporated in March, 1927, beginning with a paid-in capital of $10,000. The present capitalization is approximately $2,000,000. Approximately 30 per cent of the stock in the company was purchased last fall by General Motors.
"In the last three years, the company has featured the building of fine motor buses," C. M. Yerxa, truck sales manager, said. "Will busses may be seen on the highways from coast to coast and they carry millions of passengers annually.
"Although we expect to continue building of school buses, the company decided early this year to feature the manufacture of fine motor trucks. We have produced a line of trucks since the company was organized, but this year virtually all of our productive facilities will be devoted to the truck line.
Truck sales last year totaled $250,000, but we expect a substantial increase in 1930.