Klassen Diesel Sales Ltd. was founded in 1965 by Victor Klassen in Richmond, B.C. Victor saw a need for dependable and fuel-efficient marine engines and generator sets. Isuzu Diesel Engines were imported, and Victor successfully designed a marinization of the engines.
Suzie® Diesel Engines, and Lecset® Generator Sets powered by Isuzu Diesel Engines quickly developed a reputation for quality and durability. As the reputation grew, so did the customer base. Remote Canadian fishing lodges, canneries, logging camps, and construction companies joined the list of Klassen customers.
Throughout the years, Klassen has added other engine lines into their products; such as, FPT, Doosan and Mitsubishi. With these new additions Klassen’s market expanded into new areas,; Mining and petroleum, forestry, stand by power
1996 brought about a move of the corporate headquarters to a new 25,000 square foot facility in Delta, B.C., located in the Tilbury Business Park. The new facility offered improved manufacturing capability, more space for the parts department, improved office facilities, a larger yard, and improved parking.
Klassen’s philosophy is to support products sold. Customers cannot afford downtime. Thus, Klassen maintains one of the largest inventories of Isuzu and Daewoo Diesel Engine parts in North America. Additionally, service technicians are available on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.