Most who have traveled across the heartland of the United States, have at some point followed a Wilson trailer with mud flaps emblazoned with their iconic logo. For those who are not familiar with their brand, Wilson Trailer is a leading manufacturer of agricultural transportation trailers for the livestock and grain hauling industries. They also produce a premium line of flatbed and drop deck trailers.
In the early 1900’s, the automobile and truck were no longer just “passing fads.” Frank Wilson was quick to establish a business, which built not only truck bodies, but protective cabs as well. The truck transportation industry began to boom, and Wilson Trailer Company grew alongside it.
The mid-fifties saw the birth of the diesel truck and a major breakthrough in the allowable weight and length restrictions on the nation’s highways. New opportunities arose in agricultural transportation and Wilson Trailer anticipated transportation needs by perfecting the popular “drop center” livestock semitrailer.
In the 1960’s, Wilson Trailer had already been using some aluminum components in the construction of their trailers, but with new extra-strength aluminum alloys, Wilson was able to introduce the AL-100 and ADCL-100 all-aluminum livestock trailers in 1964. Specially designed and engineered extrusions and castings allowed Wilson to take full benefit of the weight advantages inherent in aluminum.
The 1980’s saw an increased use of personal pickup trucks and an increasing desire to “haul-it-myself.” This lead to the demand of Wilson to produce an all-aluminum gooseneck livestock trailer in a market where many of the manufacturers already were producing steel stock trailers. Wilson Trailer began producing their new aluminum gooseneck livestock trailers in the same factory using some of the same design principals as their sales-leading semi-sized livestock trailers. Utilizing riveted construction, Wilson’s new gooseneck trailer would be able to “flex” when moving livestock in and out of pastures. Under the same stresses, a welded steel or aluminum trailer would be prone to cracking their welds creating a need for expensive repairs. An aluminum trailer is much lighter than a steel trailer, which makes it easier to pull, and allows it to haul more payload. An aluminum trailer also resists rusting and eliminates the need for repainting.
Today, Wilson produces three distinct models. Their most popular model is the Ranch Hand, which comes with a limited, but most often picked list of options. The Foreman is a fully custom model and the Roper has a tack room designed to appeal to the rancher or the rider. Wilson’s trailers are produced to provide their customers with the latest innovations, a long durable service life, and the best in value. Their trailers are also produced with the utmost concern for the operator and load safety.
Wilson Trailer Company maintains headquarter offices in Sioux City, Iowa and operates five production plants in Yankton, S.D.; Moberly, Mo.; Lennox, S.D. and Sioux City, Iowa. Two of those five facilities are located in Sioux City. Family owned since its origin, Wilson Trailer is guided by the fourth generation of this family and the fifth generation is positioned for future company leadership. It is their intent to carry out the Wilson legacy and the goal of being a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of transportation products.
For more information, visit www.wilsontrailer.com or call (800) 798-2002.