Today's Trucking and The Lockwood Report Cover Singing Wheels, August Fruehauf & The History of the Fruehauf Trailer Company!
To celebrate the centennial of August Fruehauf’s 1914 invention of the semi-trailer, the Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society has produced a book to tell the company's colorful history and that of the family behind it.
Fruehauf's story is an integral part of North American transportation history in the last century. The pioneering company facilitated the growth of continental transportation as a viable alternative to rail and brought efficient transportation from the farmer's gate and the factory's loading dock. It came to dominate the trailer market.
In 1997 Fruehauf was ranked 75th among the largest companies worldwide, but difficulties both internally and externally led to bankruptcy proceedings not long afterwards and the U.S. company was bought by Wabash National. Yet Fruehauf trailers are still being produced elsewhere in countries like France, Germany, Mexico, and New Zealand. To read the complete article click here.
The advancement of transportation accelerated the economic growth of all industries in the industrial booming United States. The Fruehauf Trailer Company contributed to the advancement of American industry.
Ruth Ann Fruehauf and Darlene Norman have dedicated hard work, determination and intuition to bringing this project to life. This is the ongoing investigation and reporting of their efforts.
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An organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Fruehauf Trailer Company and the Fruehauf family legacy.
The society has created historical books and a traveling exhibit rich with Fruehauf memorabilia and archival materials. Planned for 2016 are 3 books, “The Fruehauf Promotional Story, 1926-1960” "Fruehauf and World Wars and the Military" and “Fruehauf, the First Name in Transportation” an in-depth analysis of the company’s history.
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