Fruehauf North America The company’s $ 15 million plant recently opened in Bowling Green, Kentucky, marking the return of the iconic semi-trailer manufacturer to production in the United States.
The 125,000-square-foot facility will house the production and assembly of dry vans to produce 5,000 trailers a year, said Eugenia Clarion, chairman of Fruehauf North America.
«[The Bowling Green] The facility adds 5,000 units of capacity to a total of 13,000 units for Fruehauf North America, ”Clarion told to release.
Currently, the company, which plans to employ up to 290 people, employs 75 people.
The plant allows Fruehauf to better serve customers in the U.S. and Canada with components that are mostly manufactured off-site and assembled at a plant in Kentucky, officials said.
Prior to the opening of the Kentucky plant, Fruehauf’s North American plants were located exclusively in Mexico. It closed its facilities in the United States in 1997.
Fruehauf North America has its origins in Fruehauf Trailer Co. and its founder August Frugauf (1868-1930), to whom it is widely attributed invention of the semi-trailer. Until the 1960s, Fruehauf was a global company with 16 manufacturing facilities, including in the US, Mexico, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
By the 1990s, Fruehauf’s business had declined, and the company filed for bankruptcy protection. Fruehauf’s trailer manufacturing and sales units in the United States were sold to Wabash National in 1997.
After the sale of Wabash, the company’s international divisions (in France, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand) became independent and continued to operate under the name Fruehauf.
The Fruehauf plant in Bowling Green is owned Filter, a Mexican commercial transport corporation that owns Fruehauf de Mexico. The company has been producing trailers since the 1960s.
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