Wabash National Corporation


Wabash National acquires certain assets of the tank-and-trailer business of Beall Corp. By adding this long-standing, reputable brand to the Walker Group product line, Wabash National creates the broadest tank-trailer product portfolio in the industry and expands its geographic footprint in the West.

Walker Holding Group, Wabash


Wabash National acquires Walker Group Holdings, now known as the Walker Group, a leading producer of liquid transportation systems and engineered products. The Walker Group manufactures a wide range of stainless steel and aluminum tank products under the Walker, Brenner, Beall, Bulk, TST, Progress, Garsite and Extract brand names. Their products are sold into a number of end markets including dairy, food-and-beverage, chemical, energy, aviation, pharmaceutical and defense.

Carbon Steel Vacuum Trailer, Wabash


Wabash National introduces the Carbon Steel Vacuum Trailer. It is built to meet the needs of the oil and gas industries, which transport bulk nonhazardous fluids. The vacuum trailer has the strength, durability and load capacity to handle extreme conditions where oil and gas exploration and extraction take place.

DuraPlate XD-35


Wabash National introduces DuraPlate XD-35®. Wabash National partners with Nussbaum Transportation, a national truckload carrier, and its customer, appliance manufacturer, Electrolux, to develop a dual-function, extreme-duty dry freight van – the industry’s first dry van with a 35,000-pound floor rating.

Dick Giromini, Frac Tank, Wabash


Wabash National begins to manufacture frac tanks. As part of the organization’s diversification strategy, Wabash National enters into an agreement with Sabre Manufacturing to produce frac tanks in Lafayette, Ind. Frac tanks are bulk liquid storage containers used by fluid management companies in the energy and environmental services industries.

DuraPlate AeroSkirt, Wabash


Wabash National introduces DuraPlate AeroSkirt®. Addressing regulations surrounding improved fuel efficiency for the trucking industry, Wabash National introduces a composite solution: DuraPlate AeroSkirt, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 6% and provides a lower total cost of ownership than competitive products on the market.

Duraplate storage containers, Wabash


Wabash National produces DuraPlate® Storage Containers. Leveraging DuraPlate technology in industries beyond transportation, Wabash National expands into portable storage container manufacturing.

Benson Logo


Transcraft® Corp. acquires certain assets of Benson International®. Benson aluminum platform trailers enhance Transcraft’s product portfolio to include premium, lighter-weight trailers to complement steel and combo flatbed offerings. In addition, flatbed manufacturing is now consolidated to a state-of-the-art, 180,000-square-foot facility in Cadiz, Ky.

Duraplate panels, Wabash


Wabash National begins diversification, and establishes Wabash Composites. The new business group focuses on developing markets and products for DuraPlate®, initially targeting adjacent industries such as truck bodies.


Wabash National Corporation acquires Transcraft® Corp. Wabash National welcomes Transcraft to the family – one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of flatbed and drop-deck trailers – expanding its product offering, and gaining access to a growing customer segment.

Duraplate Trailer Wabash


Wabash National launches DuraPlate HD® dry freight van. Expanding the DuraPlate product line, Wabash National introduces DuraPlate HD, developed for abusive freight applications and heavy-duty hauls such as automotive, carpet and paper.

Wood floor Wabash


Wabash National Corp. creates Wabash Wood Products. To accommodate the growing company’s trailer flooring needs, and to better streamline operations through vertical integration, Wabash National Corp. acquires Cloud Corp. and Cloud Oak Flooring Co., Inc., manufacturers of laminated hardwood floors for the truck body and trailer industries. Based in Harrison, Ark., the business is renamed Wabash Wood Products.

Duraplate dry van


Wabash National introduces the first dry-van trailer using composite panels – DuraPlate®. After 10 years of research and development, Wabash National is the first trailer manufacturer to develop a composite panel suitable for the transportation industry. Trade-named DuraPlate, this proprietary material sets a new standard in durability. By employing engineered science and technology, Wabash National leads the industry to a new level of equipment performance, eventually proving beneficial for not only semi-trailers, but also for other types of industrial and commercial applications.

Kroger Reefer Wabash


Wabash National begins production of refrigerated van trailers at its new South Plant location. Wabash National installs a state-of-the-art manufacturing line dedicated to refrigerated-van production. Utilizing a proprietary process, Wabash National injects foam insulation into the sidewalls and roof in a single step prior to assembly, which vastly improves both thermal efficiency and trailer durability.

TripleCrown Roadrailer Wabash


Wabash National acquires RoadRailer® technology from Thrall Car Manufacturing. Expanding into new transportation segments, Wabash National becomes the exclusive manufacturer of RoadRailer, a bimodal technology that allows trailers to easily move from railways to roadways.

Thrall Car Roadrailer Wabash


Wabash National builds first RoadRailer trailer as contract manufacturer for Thrall Car Manufacturing.

Wabash employees 1985


Former president of the Monon Corp., a trailer manufacturer in Monon, Ind., Donald J. “Jerry” Ehrlich, saw an opportunity to start a business 30 miles down the road in Lafayette, Ind. He took two managers with him from Monon Corp. to start Wabash National. Fourteen other key employees soon followed. In less than three years, Wabash National had become a $100 million company.