We’re lead to believe the concept of the Dump body was first realized in the farms of 19th century western Europe. Thornycroft, a UK-based vehicle manufacturer, developed a steam dust-cart in 1896 with a tipper mechanism. The first motorized dump vehicles in the United States were developed by small equipment companies such as The Fruehauf Trailer Corporation, Galion Buggy Co. and Lauth-Juergens among many others around 1910. Hydraulic dump beds were introduced by Wood Hoist Co. shortly after. Such companies flourished during World War I due to massive wartime demand. August Fruehauf had obtained military contracts for his semi-trailer, invented in 1914 and later created the partner vehicle, the semi-truck for use in World War I. After the war, Fruehauf introduced hydraulics in his trailers. They offered hydraulic lift gates, hydraulic winches and a dump trailer in the early 1920s. Fruehauf became the premier supplier of dump trailers and their famed “bathtub dump” was considered to be the best by heavy haulers, road and mining construction firms.
Companies like Galion Buggy Co. continued to grow after the war by manufacturing a number of express bodies and some smaller dump bodies that could be easily installed on either stock or converted (heavy-duty suspension and drivetrain) Model T chassis prior to 1920. Galion and Wood Mfg. Co. built all of the dump bodies offered by Ford on their heavy-duty AA and BB chassis during the 1930s. Galion (now Galion Godwin Truck Body Co.) is the oldest known truck body manufacturer still in operation today.
The first known [Canadian] dump truck was developed in Saint John, New Brunswick when Robert T. Mawhinney attached a dump box to a flat bed truck in 1920. The lifting device was a winch attached to a cable that fed over sheave (pulley) mounted on a mast behind the cab. The cable was connected to the lower front end of the wooden dump box which was attached by a pivot at the back of the truck frame. The operator turned a crank to raise and lower the box. Thus, the first dump bed apparatus on a wheeled vehicle was patented in Canada.
INTERCON TRUCK EQUIPMENT
Intercon Truck Equipment is dedicated to going above and beyond customer expectations. One example of how we surpass our competition is with 24-hour service for our snow removal customers during severe winter weather from November through March! When you employ the “Right People” they “Make a Big Difference.” We are large enough to provide the best, cost-effective solutions, guaranteed; and, small enough to understand and care about your specific needs.
Since our inception in 1991, Intercon Truck Equipment has established a reputation for excellence throughout the Northeast. Commercial, municipal and transit operations rely on Intercon to keep their fleet of equipment running for maximum performance and efficiency.
Intercon is a premier distributor, manufacturer, service, repair and parts one-stop shop for all your truck equipment needs. We represent the most reliable product lines within their respective industries. Our customers trust in the Intercon team to provide the knowledge, craftsmanship and expertise expected from an industry leader.
For more than 40 years, Pennsylvania based EZ-Dumper has designed and manufactured well-built and durable hydraulic dump inserts that have helped people save time, reduce costs, and improve their overall efficiency and performance on the jobsite.
Known for quality and innovation, EZ-Dumper offers you the versatility and convenience of managing your projects as a business owner, rancher or hobbyist. From the President of their company to the dedicated team on the factory floor, EZ-Dumper is committed to their core values and stand behind their products and a promise to provide exceptional quality, innovation and customer service.
The name “GALION” has been associated with quality in the transportation industry for nearly 140 years, and is credited as an originator of the modern Dump Body nearly 100 years ago. As the nations oldest operating name in dump truck equipment, Galion-Godwin Truck Body Co. is one of the most recognizable names in the truck industry. Galion has a long standing reputation for consistent quality and industry leading product innovation at competitive pricing. Attention to detail and constant improvement is our formula for success.
Galion specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of high quality truck equipment such as carbon steel and stainless steel dump bodies which exceed the demands of both public and private industry. Galion-Godwin also manufactures Champion underbody hoists.
On April 1, 1966, Pat Godwin came home from work and told his wife, Judy, that he had delivered his last case of soft drinks as a route salesman for Pepsi Cola. Judy yelled, “April Fools!” Pat said, “It may be April fools Day, but I will not be going back.” They had two toddlers in diapers at that time, and realizing he had quit a good, steady job, Judy cried for weeks. Judy had a job as a cashier at a local grocery store, and when she left for work each day, Pat would unplug the electric stove and plug in his welder that was situated in a detached garage. The business grew to what it is today, the nation’s largest and most successful family owned and operated truck equipment manufacturer, with nearly half a million square feet under roof.
Beau-Roc Inc. manufactures premium dump bodies for a wide range of customers and applications, uniquely combining efficient processes for fast order turnaround with the use of the highest quality materials for products customized to meet specific customer requirements. At Beau-Roc, the integration from engineering to computer-assisted production is seamless.
With its popular Diamond product line first introduced in 2004, Beau-Roc leverages the two folds in the truck body’s diamond shape without compromising the one large plate of Hardox 450 steel. Offering optimum resistance to wear and impact, the Hardox material manufactured to a 450 Brinell hardness is three times as hard as standard high-tensile steel and will increase wear life by 2.5 to 7.5 times depending on the material being hauled. The Diamond line’s characteristic folded side profile is resistant to warping, is easy to maintain and will prolong the truck body’s exterior appearance. It has also proven to be an excellent location for the customers’ signs and decals!
Rugby was founded in Rugby, North Dakota in 1969. Since then, they have grown from a small agricultural equipment manufacturer to a cutting-edge truck equipment expert, offering a wide array of superior products nationwide, through a robust network of distributors.
Rugby is committed to responsible protection and use of the world’s critical resources and delivering commercially viable solutions that yield environmental, performance, and product innovation to its customers.
Equally important are the ongoing efforts to create a leaner, more efficient operational footprint. Rugby’s facilities recycle steel/stainless, aluminum, plastics and cardboard packaging. Water treatment includes removing all heavy metals and chemicals. Rugby also continues to invest in more advanced technologies that allow for reduction in energy usage, while improving productivity.
Rugby customers have come to expect high quality and durability. Rugby’s commitment to manufacturing technologies, as well as highly skilled engineers, certified welders and production personnel, ensures that each product manufactured meets those customer’s expectations. Rugby has developed and implemented manufacturing programs that eliminate waste and provide value to the customer in the form of better, more innovative products and shorter lead times.
Henderson Products, Inc. is one of North America’s leading manufacturers and upfitter of heavy-duty municipal snow and ice work truck equipment; additionally, they manufacture dump bodies that are predispositioned to hold dump bodies.
Their products are used by an array of customers including state departments of transportation, cities, counties, townships and other governmental agencies. As a custom manufacturer, they have the unique ability to meet nearly any application and equipment specification their customers require. With six installation and service locations, Henderson Products ensures their customers the most complete snow and ice fighting solutions and service available.
Regional preferences are taken into account so that performance, desired features and all necessary functions are satisfied for each customer. This level of customer commitment has helped position Henderson as a preferred source and recognized complete solution supplier of snow and ice control equipment.
- Modern styled body with a classy look and superior strength and durability
- 7 GA steel body is fully welded using a skilled mig welding technique that ensures smooth, strong and high quality welded seam joints. The 1/4″ AR-400 crossmemberless floor adds additional strength to an already massive body
- Heavy duty crossmemberless body is supported with 1/4″ trapeziodal longitudinal members running the full length of the dump body.
- High capacity Underbody Hoist with 8″ lift cylinder provides ample load lifting for the heaviest of loads
- Large floor to sidecorners for the best in clean dumping operations
- Standard rugged 6 panel tailgate is double acting and includes flush mounted upper tailgate hinges
- Easily shed misplaced loaded dirt with its dirt shedding top rail, rub rail and rear corner posts
Warren, Inc. (WI) manufactures a full line of dump bodies in Collins, MS. WI is committed to provide our customers supreme products. In addition, Warren is persistent in keeping up with modern machine tools and welding equipment. Therefore, they are able to consistently provide quality products to their customers that will stand up for many years to come. Warren dump bodies are manufactured in steel, stainless steel, and AR-450 high tensile strength steel. Not only does the company cater to end users, but also fleet accounts, as well as government agencies. Contact our dump body specialist today to help specify the perfect dump body for your needs.
Warren offers multiple models of “extreme duty” dump bodies, manufactured using AR-450 high tensile steel. The WAR series dump body features a tub style design that works great for haul scrap or C&D (construction & demolition waste). In addition, the WXL series dump body is the perfect all-around body that can work for most any haul. Also, Warren solely purchases Hardox® 450steel. So, pay a little more money up front for an all AR-450 dump body and achieve greater long term savings! Due to the dent and abrasion resistance the dump body will have a much greater lifespan.
J & J
J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, a division of Somerset Welding & Steel, was first established in 1958, and began by building steel dump bodies for coal haulers and farmers – the backbone of the local economy at the time. As the economy of the area changed, so did the needs of customers. To answer this need, J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers expanded and diversified its product line, introducing the DynaHauler® series of truck bodies. These precision-engineered truck bodies are built to satisfy the demanding requirements of the most rugged and varied applications. The extensive line of DynaHauler® products includes dump bodies for the light duty chassis or heavy-duty trailers for rock hauling or demolition and excavation work.
For over 50 years, J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers has been building a wide range of standard and specialty truck bodies and trailers. From standard specification packages to customized solutions, truck dealers and operators rely on J&J’s experience and commitment to quality, to manufacture products that are designed to keep their truck bodies on the road – where they belong.
In 1992, two of the former owners of Jerr-Dan Corporation™ opened a new manufacturing company, TruckCraft Corporation, dedicated to providing high quality, niche products to the light truck industry. Starting with only two products, TruckCraft has now grown to eight classes of products.
TruckCraft builds bodies and equipment for the market comprised of pickup trucks up to, and including Class 5 one-tons. We market through a network of 135 dealers with more than 160 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Devoted to innovation and quality excellence, TruckCraft strives to continually develop niche products to fill market needs and provide world-class customer service.
Their manufacturing expertise includes:
- Solid modeling CAD capability
- Innovative approaches to new product development
- Knowledge of manufacturing technologies using cutting edge materials
- Extensive use of aluminum extrusion
- Industrial bonding vs. welding techniques
TruckCraft employs the Japanese manufacturing concept of lean manufacturing to control costs and yield high manufacturing efficiencies on standardized products. They are committed to a standard four-week shipping lead-time target for all products. Our overall goals are to maintain continued growth and profitability through technology and new product innovation, and to provide world-class service to our customers and end users.
Crysteel’s commitment to quality and innovation directly benefits its hoist, dump truck body and platform body customers. Through the years, Crysteel has implemented lean manufacturing principles into its manufacturing processes. These programs have helped Crysteel eliminate waste and provided great value to its customers in the form of higher quality products and shorter lead times.
Crysteel’s investment in the latest manufacturing technologies, as well as a team of highly skilled engineers and certified welders, ensures that each product is manufactured at the highest quality level possible. Each customer, in turn, receives the best designed, built and performance driven product in the industry. It also puts new product development at the forefront of Crysteel’s manufacturing model, setting the stage for better, more innovative products in the future.
Designed to help contractors get the body that’s right for their application and maximize payloads at the same time, Crysteel’s line of medium and heavy duty dump bodies is second to none. From the hard working Contractor body to the Select Dump Bodies series, there’s a Crysteel body available for almost any project.
DuraMag Aluminum Dump Bodies
The transition from steel to aluminum is a trend that’s played out in other industries. A large scale example is the recreational trailer market. In 1995, steel dominated the recreational trailer market; less than 10% were built from Aluminum. Today, aluminum trailers account for more than 40% of all recreational trailers. DuraMag‘s management team drove that change by developing and marketing superior aluminum trailers that sold at steel prices. Their focused effort resulted in the creation of the largest manufacturer of aluminum recreational trailers in North America.
In 2009, moving on from trailers, F3 MFG (formerly Magnum Manufacturing) entered the aluminum truck body market. They studied the competition and incorporated the good, tossed the bad, and designed solutions their customers were asking for – both then and now. DuraMag is confident that they build the finest aluminum bodies on the market, and they will work to be sure you’re entirely satisfied with all of their products.
Smith Stainless Steel
Smith Metal Works of Newark, Inc. was founded as a steel fabrication business that specializes in welding, fabrication, and machining. While general industrial repairs and custom fabrication remains a large portion of our business, it was recognized that to expand sales it would be necessary to add a product line.
An opportunity arose to enter an ice control equipment line by producing the patented Harder Dump Box Spreader insert for dump trucks within their facilities. Quickly, after that, we realized that all-stainless salt spreaders were the direction the market was heading; custom dump bodies were soon to follow.
With their motto, “Where Workmanship Lasts a Lifetime,” we promise reliable products built with the value and strength needed to last years and years without committing your time and money into multiple repairs.
When it comes to customer service, Alum-Line always goes the extra mile. They make sure your calls and emails are responded promptly to from a professional. Not only do they always have staff on hand to take care of our customers, but they also have a fully stocked parts department, a full service shop for repairs and installations, and a five year workmanship warranty—a repair form is even available online.
Since its beginning in 1986, Alum-Line has realized a steady growth in all aspects of its operation. To keep pace with the increased demand, Alum-Line has added additional manufacturing space 15 of the last 20 years. Total “under roof” facilities are now at more than 100,000 square feet. Not only has Alum-Line expanded its manufacturing space, but they have also developed nationally. The increased sales have been a result of adding more dealers, with a total of over 200 across the nation.