First Talbert Trailer Featured at MATS 2018

The American Historical Truck Society exhibited the first trailer ever produced by Talbert Manufacturing. The 80-year-old unit was on display during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), held in Louisville, Kentucky, last March, in the society’s booth, giving attendees an up-close look at the trailer that set the wheels of heavy-haul innovation in motion. Troy Geisler, Talbert vice president of sales and marketing, was available to share the history of the trailer and the significant innovations the company and its founder, Austin Talbert, have pioneered since Talbert’s beginnings in 1938.

Austin Talbert started the company as a heavy haul, crane rental and construction equipment business in Lyons, Illinois. He quickly became known as a pioneer in heavy-haul trailer safety when he built the first-ever trailer with removable rear suspension. The 60-ton (54.4 t) fixed gooseneck unit, which was featured at the MATS, revolutionized the way heavy equipment was loaded and unloaded. Users could remove the rear axles, set the trailer’s back end on the ground, and maneuver equipment onto the deck of the trailer without having to hoist it over the tires and axles as with previous models. This enhanced safety by leaps and bounds.

“Our mission is to preserve the history of the trucking industry and the innovations that have brought it to where it is today,” said Mark Schroyer, American Truck Historical Society vice president. “It’s great to see companies like Talbert do the same and honor where this industry came from.”

Since the launch of its first trailer, the Talbert name has become synonymous with many other industry innovations, including removable goosenecks and beam deck units. The company continues Austin Talbert’s legacy with its comprehensive approach to trailer design, which ensures every part of Talbert’s design and manufacturing process contribute to solving customer’s challenges.

Source: Talbert Manufacturing

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