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TBEI Acquires Travis Body & Trailer, Inc.

Travis Logo Flat RGB 1New York, NY, October 3, 2016 -- GenNx360 Capital Partners (“GenNx360”) is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc. ("TBEI"), has acquired Travis Body & Trailer Inc. (“Travis”) on September 30, 2016. Travis, based in Houston, Texas, is a manufacturer of aluminum end dumps, bottom dumps and transfer trailers to the construction, waste and recycling, rendering and agriculture end markets.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“This acquisition is consistent with our expansion into the dump trailer market, an expansion that began in 2013 when TBEI entered this market with a line of steel dump trailers designed, manufactured and marketed under the Ox Trailer brand. TBEI is excited to bring together two of the most trusted brands in the industry,” stated Bob Fines, President and Chief Executive Officer of TBEI.

“This acquisition further strengthens the GenNx360 truck body and trailer platform bringing expertise in aluminum dump trailers and dump bodies, expansion into the southwest, a strong and loyal dealer network and a leading position in the trailer market. Travis will be structured as a standalone division within TBEI which continues to focus on high levels of service, continuous improvement and a commitment to quality,” said Ron Blaylock, a Founder and Managing Partner of GenNx360.

About GenNx360 Capital Partners

GenNx360 Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on investing in industrial manufacturing and business services companies in the middle market. It applies years of Fortune 50 operational and leadership experience to these investments to help drive growth and value creation. The firm primarily focuses on opportunities in the industrial machinery and components, industrial services, oil and gas, logistics and supply chain solutions, agricultural, specialty chemicals, and aerospace sectors. GenNx360 was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New York City.  For more information about GenNx360, please visit: www.gennx360.com

About Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc.

Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc. is a Minnesota-based corporation that manufactures dump bodies, landscape bodies, grain bodies, platforms, hoists, and truck and trailer equipment and accessories. TBEI is an industry-leading company driven by a strong management team. It operates with six major brands with 800+ distributors and dealers, across North America. For more information about TBEI, please visit: www.tbei.com 

TBEI Lake Crystal Welcomes New General Manager

StephenHueser PRPhotoLake Crystal, MN (May 18, 2016) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen (Steve) Hueser as the new General Manager of the TBEI Lake Crystal facility. As General Manager, Hueser will be in charge of all operations for the TBEI Lake Crystal facility, which produces the Crysteel®, J-Craft® and Ox SuperDump brands of products.

“Steve brings a new level of excitement to the TBEI Lake Crystal facility,” said Bob Fines, TBEI President & CEO. “Steve’s proven leadership abilities with companies such as Caterpillar and Terex make him a tremendous asset to our already outstanding management team at TBEI.”

Hueser comes to TBEI with over 26 years of leadership experience in production, engineering, sales and marketing, most recently as General Manager at ESCO in Portland, OR, where he managed operations at 4 global facilities. He began his career in the industry as Senior Systems Supervisor of Engineering Design and Analysis with Caterpillar, eventually becoming a Director / General Manager at Genie Industries / Terex in Washington; SANY America in Georgia; and Business Unit Leader at FW Murphy in Oklahoma. Hueser holds a BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a MBA from the University of Washington.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to join the TBEI team,” said Hueser. “The entire TBEI Lake Crystal team is top notch, and I look forward to working together to make the Lake Crystal facility even better every day.”

TBEI encompasses five leading manufacturers of dump truck bodies, hoists and truck & trailer equipment. TBEI brands include Crysteel®, Rugby®, DuraClass®, J-Craft® and Ox Bodies®.

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311

TBEI Lake Crystal Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

TBEILakeCrystal FacilityPhotoLake Crystal, MN (May 2, 2016) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) has announced that its Lake Crystal facility has achieved ISO 9001:2015 Certification. The recognition makes the TBEI Lake Crystal facility one of the only dump body manufacturers in the United States to achieve this level of Certification. The certification comes just three years after the facility was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification. The TBEI Lake Crystal facility manufactures the Crysteel®, J-Craft® and Ox SuperDump products.

“This is truly a significant accomplishment, magnified by the fact that the facility achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification only three years ago,” said Bob Fines, TBEI President & CEO. “To achieve this next level of certification is very impressive. Less than one percent of companies in the United States are ISO certified, and as one of the only dump body manufacturers in the country to obtain this level of certification, we are extremely proud of our Lake Crystal facility and pleased to continue providing our customers with the highest quality products.”

The International Organization for Standardization, or ISO, is an independent, non-governmental organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. ISO has members in 161 countries around the world. The ISO 9001:2015 Certification is a quality management certification that ensures that all manufacturing systems are documented, trained to, followed, audited and repeatable.

TBEI encompasses five leading manufacturers of dump truck bodies, hoists and truck & trailer equipment. TBEI brands include Crysteel®, Rugby®, DuraClass®, J-Craft® and Ox Bodies®.

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311

NEW SR-4016 Truck Hoist from Rugby Manufacturing

Rugby SR 4016Hoist1Rugby, ND (March 2, 2016) — Rugby® Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of truck hoists, is pleased to announce the release of the SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist for trucks. This innovative new hoist is up to 20 percent lighter than comparable hoists, providing greater fuel efficiency and payload capacity. It is available for a wide variety of work trucks with body lengths from 8- to 14-feet.

The new SR-4016 model was designed as an alternative to two popular Rugby subframe scissor hoists, the Rugby HR520 and the HR540. Dealers can now stock one hoist instead of two, reducing inventory requirements. The SR-4016 also delivers a greater lifting capacity than the HR520 and can be installed 10 to 15 percent faster.

“The SR-4016 was designed with both the installer and customer in mind,” said Jeff Duchscher, general manager of Rugby Manufacturing. “Rugby used our more than 47 years of experience in hoist engineering and extended life cycle testing to develop a hoist that would reduce installation time, reduce shop inventory, and still provide the quality and durability our customers demand. The SR-4016 does all of this, and weighs less than a traditional Rugby hoist.”

As with all Rugby hoists, each SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist is lifecycle tested at full-rated capacity (7.7 to 17 ton range). It is available with a single or double-acting electric pump or a direct-mount gear pump. Each SR-4016 comes standard with a new integrated body prop.

For more information about the new SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist, contact your local Rugby distributor, visit www.rugbymfg.com or call (701) 776-5722. Connect with Rugby Manufacturing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RugbyMfg.

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311

NEW Aluminum Landscape Body Line from Crysteel Manufacturing

AluminumLandscapeLake Crystal, MN (March 2, 2016) — Crysteel® Manufacturing, one of the world’s leading dump body and hoist manufacturers, introduces the Aluminum Landscape line. The new Aluminum Landscape bodies combine the strength and convenience of Crysteel’s proven Landscape Tipper with the lightweight efficiency and durability provided by aluminum construction.

Crysteel’s Aluminum Landscape bodies offer up to 13 percent more payload capacity than comparable steel bodies. They also have lower maintenance costs and greater durability, since aluminum doesn’t require painting and won’t rust.

“Our new Aluminum Landscape line is a great choice for contractors in the landscaping, refuse/waste and recycling industries who need a reliable body to take on the toughest jobs,” says Joe Paulsen, general manager of Crysteel Manufacturing. “Crysteel Aluminum Landscape bodies are lightweight and corrosion resistant, so they haul more, use less fuel, last longer and cost less to maintain than other landscape bodies. And they look good, too.”

The Crysteel Aluminum Landscape line is available in 9-foot and 12-foot body lengths. Each comes standard with a two-piece barn door in the rear for easy loading and unloading and a 50-inch side door for accessibility. Options include a full cabshield, bolt-on pull-out ladder kit, pull tarp and plastic fenders.

To save customers time and money, Crysteel’s Lo-Boy® hoist (p/n LB510) is mounted to every Aluminum Landscape body at the factory. The standard Lo-Boy hoist includes a full-length subframe for added strength and a factory-installed body prop for added safety.

For more information about the new Aluminum Landscape line of bodies, contact your local Crysteel distributor, go online to www.crysteel.com or call (800) 533-0494. Connect with Crysteel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CrysteelMfg.

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311

TBEI Welcomes New North Central Territory Manager

DouglasStreet loresLake Crystal, MN (April 22, 2016) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to welcome Douglas Street as the new North Central Territory Manager for the Crysteel®, DuraClass®, and Rugby® brands.

Douglas comes to TBEI with over 24 years of experience within the industry, starting as Commercial Truck Sales Rep for Central Truck of Wisconsin where his focus was on the heavy and medium duty market. As Sales Manager for Quality Truck Care Center in Fond du Lac and Director of Sales at Sioux City Truck Sales in Sioux City, he was responsible for all aspects of the sales department including customer service, prospecting, personnel, chassis ordering, determining the values of used trucks, and developing growth plans for the departments.

Most recently, Douglas served as the Chassis Pool Representative for Palfleet-Council Bluffs, where he managed the ordering of the Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge and Freightliner pool chassis for sales to OEM dealer groups. Douglas brings to TBEI his extensive knowledge of the heavy and medium duty truck markets.

“Douglas brings several things to this position that greatly impressed me,” said Henry Bell, VP of Sales and Marketing at TBEI. “He has an extensive knowledge of the class 8 truck market, a fiercely competitive nature and he has worked in our space with our kinds of customers throughout his career. I think his fresh perspective in this territory will be a significant change for TBEI and our valued distributors.”

As North Central Territory Manager, Douglas will cover the states of ND, SD, MN, WI and MI in the United States and SK and MB in Canada for Crysteel, DuraClass and Rugby. 

For more information: contact Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311.

TBEI Welcomes New Central Territory Manager

JasonStansbury loresLake Crystal, MN (April 22, 2016) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to welcome Jason Stansbury as the new Central Territory Manager for the Crysteel®, DuraClass® and Rugby® brands.

Jason has extensive knowledge of and experience in the industry, starting as the Office Manager at the United Rentals location in Jefferson City, MO. He then moved to Knapheide as Logistics Manager, where he expanded his expertise by becoming the manager of multiple departments at 2 locations, including the Parts Department, Production / Installation Scheduling, Inventory and Transportation.

Most recently, Jason was the General Manager of the Palfleet-Council Bluffs location. As General Manager, Jason was responsible for leading the business and operations activities for the facility, including final assembly, finishing, and the wholesale / retail portion of the business. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science and a MBA from Columbia College.

“The addition of Jason to this territory is a significant boost for TBEI and our valued distributor partners,” said Henry Bell, VP of Sales and Marketing at TBEI. “Having served as a G.M., Jason has an appreciation for what it takes to be successful from the perspective of a P&L leader. I know this knowledge will serve to help Jason relate to the challenges our distributors face every day in their markets. We feel fortunate to have recruited someone of Jason’s background and experience and look forward to continued growth in his territory.”

As Central Territory Manager for TBEI, Jason will cover the states of NE, KS, IA, MO, IL and IN, for the Crysteel, DuraClass and Rugby brands. 

For more information: contact Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311.

NEW TB-12 & TB-14 Trailer Hoists from Rugby Mfg

Rugby TB12 TB14 PressReleasePhoto 02 11 2016Rugby, ND (Feb 11, 2016) – Rugby® Manufacturing recently unveiled the all-new
TB-12 and TB-14 Trailer Hoists at the 2016 NATM Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rugby Manufacturing is an industry leader in the design and testing of trailer hoists – each Rugby hoist is engineered and tested for an extended lifecycle at full-rated capacity. The TB-12 and TB-14 scissor hoists are designed for 10- to 16-foot trailers with capacities ranging from 6.9 tons to 15.7 tons. Some of the benefits of the new TB-12 and TB-14 Trailer hoists include:

• Weight savings of almost 100 lbs
• New body prop incorporated into the hoist with no installation required
• 3-year warranty

Rugby Manufacturing is the leading designer and manufacturer of Class 3–7 dump bodies, landscape bodies, platforms, truck and trailer hoists and related truck equipment & accessories.Rugby Manufacturing is part of the Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) family of companies. TBEI brands include Crysteel®, Rugby®, DuraClass®, J-Craft® and Ox Bodies®.

 

TBEI-Lake Crystal Facility Renews ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Lake Crystal, MN (August 18, 2015) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to announce that their Lake Crystal, MN, facility has successfully renewed their ISO 9001:2008 Certification. The Lake Crystal facility is home to TBEI’s corporate offices, and manufactures Crysteel®, J-Craft® and Ox® SuperDump products.

“This certification renewal shows our commitment to retaining an internationally recognized quality management system that benefits both our company and our customers.” said Joe Paulsen, TBEI-Lake Crystal General Manager. “We could not have achieved this accomplishment without the focus and dedication of our hard working employees.”

ISO 9001:2008 is a Quality Management certification program, and certifies companies in over 170 countries. Since 2013, TBEI-Lake Crystal has been certified with a Quality Management system for the design, manufacture, delivery and servicing of dump truck bodies and hoists. This certification also includes the installation of truck bodies onto chassis for military, state & local governments, and private companies.

TBEI is a Minnesota based corporation that encompasses five leading manufacturers of dump truck bodies, hoists and truck & trailer equipment. TBEI brands include Crysteel, Rugby®, DuraClass®, J-Craft and Ox Bodies®.

TBEI-Rugby Facility Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

RUGBY, North Dakota (August 13, 2015) — Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to announce that Rugby® Manufacturing has achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

ISO 9001:2008 is a Quality Management certification program, and certifies companies in over 170 countries. Rugby Manufacturing has been certified with a Quality Management system for the design, manufacture, delivery and servicing of dump bodies, landscape bodies, platform bodies, trailer hoists and truck hoists.

“I am incredibly proud of our team here at Rugby,” said Jeff Duchscher, Rugby General Manager. “We have worked hard to achieve this milestone, and we are proud to be one of a select few in our industry to have done so.”

Rugby Manufacturing is a leading designer and manufacturer of Class 3–7 dump bodies, landscape bodies, platforms and related truck equipment & accessories. Rugby Manufacturing is part of the Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) family of companies. TBEI brands include Crysteel®, Rugby, DuraClass®, J-Craft® and Ox Bodies®.