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How Wabash Is Changing How the World Reaches You™

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO VISIONARY LEADER

From our start in semi-trailer manufacturing to expanding into adjacent categories with industry-leading product lines, Wabash has become a powerhouse providing advanced engineered solutions in transportation, logistics and distribution.

Today we are a visionary leader with the foresight and wherewithal to move the business of transport forward. We have grown to become recognized as a leader in supporting the largest fleets in North America in the transportation, logistics and distribution industry.
  • We were the first and only one to see how logistics changes would disrupt the industry and result in customers buying from one source, in one way, from first to final mile.

  • We saw the need to radically change how products are conceived and designed upfront in engineering with new technologies to make leap-frog improvements in quality and consistency.

  • We had the courage to make a big bet on a completely new composites that will deliver unimaginable property benefits to the market.

  • And we’re expanding connectivity from the source all the way to the home to ensure food safety.
There is no other truck body or trailer manufacturer that thinks the way we do, that acts the way we do, or that is making the kind of sweeping changes to prepare our customers for a very different worldone that is coming fast and will force disruption.


A Heritage of Innovation

In 1985, Wabash National Corporation was born when a small group of transportation professionals joined forces to improve how semi-trailers were designed and built by applying technological breakthroughs.

From the gold standard DuraPlate composite panels to our next-generation EcoNex Technology, which utilizes the most environmentally conscious materials in the market, to advancements that make trailers more aerodynamic and fuel efficient, Wabash continues to drive innovation in our expanding product portfolio. 

Serving a growing field of industries—including commercial transportation, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, biotech and many others—Wabash’s expanding capabilities solve specific business challenges for our customers. Our diverse product portfolio offers a wide array of high-performance solutions, ranging from commercial transportation equipment and parts and services, to advanced composite materials.


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    2022
    After more than a decade of growth through acquiring some of the leading brands in the business, Wabash National and its family of brands become unified under one, powerful Wabash brand, to better serve customers in transportation, logistics and distribution, while strengthening the company's collaborative culture.
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    2021
    Wabash is recognized in the industry for its sustainable solutions in commercial transportation leveraging the company's proprietary EcoNex™ Technology. The company earns its second Top 20 Products award from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, as well as the Innovation Excellence Award by Indiana Manufacturers Association.
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    2019

    DuraPlate Cell Core becomes standard on HD dry vans, reducing weight by up to 300 lbs. and supporting fleets’ toughest load requirements with exceptional durability and maximum payload capacity.

  • 33 - 2016
    2018
    For the sixth time since 2006, Wabash is recognized as an IndustryWeek 50 Best U.S. Manufacturer. This achievement reflects the commitment to safety, innovation and continuous improvement demonstrated by employees, as well as the strong, collaborative partnerships with customers and suppliers.
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    2017
    Wabash acquires Supreme Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of truck bodies. Fueled by the consumer preference for home delivery, adding Supreme to the Wabash family enables the company to be at the forefront of the final mile evolution in transportation.
  • 34 - 2017
    2017
    Wabash opens a new operations facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. The facility serves as the primary site for production of EcoNex™ Technology, an advanced molded structural composite used in refrigerated truck bodies and refrigerated trailers.
  • 32 - 2015
    2015
    Wabash National Corporation exceeds $2 billion in revenue.
  • 31 - 2015
    2015
    Wabash expands its aerodynamics offerings, creating the industry’s largest portfolio of products designed to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and lower operating costs. 
  • 30 - 2015
    2015
    In response to changing trends and needs in the trucking industry for final mile and home delivery options, Wabash introduces its own line of truck bodies.
  • 27 - 2013
    2013
    Wabash produces its 500,000th DuraPlate trailer, which is built for Crete Carrier Corporation, one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the U.S.
  • 25 - 2012
    2012
    Wabash acquires Walker Group Holdings, a leading producer of liquid transportation systems and engineered products sold under the Walker, Brenner and Bulk family of brands.
  • 24 - 2011
    2011
    Wabash partners with Nussbaum Transportation to develop DuraPlate XD-35—a dual-function, extreme-duty dry freight van—the transportation industry’s first dry van with a 35,000-pound floor rating.
  • 22 - 2009
    2009
    To address fuel efficiency regulations, Wabash introduces DuraPlate AeroSkirt. This highlights Wabash National's ongoing innovation to improve fleet fuel consumption and operating costs and reduce emissions.
  • 21 - 2009
    2009
    Leveraging DuraPlate technology into new industries, Wabash National produces collapsible DuraPlate Storage Containers.
  • 20 - 2008
    2008
    Wabash adds Benson aluminum platform trailers to its portfolio, complementing Transcraft’s steel and combo flatbed offerings. The company consolidates platform trailer manufacturing to one state-of-the-art, 180,000-square-foot facility in Cadiz, Kentucky.
  • 19 - 2008
    2008
    Wabash establishes the DuraPlate Products Group, later named Wabash Composites, a new business focused on identifying end markets and products for DuraPlate.
  • 18.5 - 2007
    2007
    Wabash’s DuraPlate dry van trailer receives U.S. EPA SmartWay certification, thanks to the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility and fuel economy.
  • 18 - 2006
    2006
    Wabash introduces the Alpha Line at its Lafayette operation—automating several aspects of trailer manufacturing, accelerating productivity and increasing capacity.
  • 17 - 2006
    2006
    IndustryWeek magazine recognizes Wabash as one of its 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers for the first of many years. 
  • 16 - 2006
    2006
    Wabash National acquires Transcraft Corporation—one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of flatbed and drop deck trailers.
  • 15- 2005
    2005
    Wabash receives ISO 14001:2004 registration—the first semi-trailer manufacturer in North America to achieve that distinction—setting the industry standard for efficiency, risk management and customer satisfaction.
  • 14 - 2003
    2003
    Wabash National Corporation receives the U.S. Senate Productivity Award for achieving $75 million in cost savings and improving productivity by 50%.
  • 13 - 2003
    2003
    Expanding the DuraPlate® product line, Wabash launches the DuraPlate HD dry freight van. Developed for heavy-duty applications, DuraPlate HD revolutionizes performance in high abuse freight applications such as automotive, carpet and paper transport.
  • 12 - 1999
    1999
    Wabash produces a record 70,000 trailers for North American fleets.
  • 11.5 - 1998
    1998
    To streamline operations and accommodate increasing needs for trailer flooring, Wabash acquires Cloud Corporation and Cloud Oak Flooring Company, Inc. to produce laminated hardwood floors for the trailer market. 
  • 10 - 1997
    1997
    Wabash acquires certain assets of Fruehauf Trailer—the company that built the world’s first semi-trailer in 1914.
  • 9 - 1996
    1996
    Wabash introduces a game changer: DuraPlate composite panels. After a decade of research and development, Wabash becomes the first trailer manufacturer to design a composite panel suitable for commercial transportation equipment—setting a new standard for durability and performance. Wabash quickly finds applications for DuraPlate beyond semi-trailers, and adapts DuraPlate for industrial and commercial uses.
  • 8 - 1995
    1995
    Wabash begins manufacturing innovative refrigerated van trailers in a state-of-the-art facility with a computer-controlled insulating process.
  • 7.5 - 1994
    1994
    Wabash achieves number one market position in semi-trailer manufacturing.
  • 6 - 1992
    1992
    Inc. Magazine writes, “Wabash National’s success is more than just a case of a bunch of good old boys being in the right place at the right time…It goes after the market with innovative products and relentlessly roots out inefficiency under its own roof.”
  • 5.5 - 1991
    1991
    Wabash National Corporation issues an initial public offering of 2.4 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WNC), raising $39 million.
  • 3 - 1987
    1987
    Wabash National designs and builds the RoadRailer—incorporating bimodal technology that enables trailers to move easily between roadways and railways.
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    1985
    The team builds its first trailer for Sears, Roebuck & Co.
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    1985
    Donald J. “Jerry” Ehrlich and a small group of innovators from Monon Trailer decide to shake up the transportation industry by manufacturing better-performing, higher-value semi-trailers.