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The History Of The Flatbed Trailers

It is very likely that you have seen a flatbed truck because they have been around for a long time. The fact is, flatbed trucking is the best option to move large and heavy equipment and materials. The design of flatbed trailers that you see on the highways is based on the principles of Winton Motor Company that put it work 120 years ago.

The Winton Motor Carriage Company of Cleveland, Ohio was a pioneer in the trucking industry. The company built its first truck in 1898 which was capable of carrying cargo through an attached trailer. It was a semi-trailer, not an 18-wheeler but it was able to perform its job. Soon after, companies offered to buy Winton’s truck-trailer combination.

The flatbed trailer or removable goosenecks (RGN) is based on the original design of Winton Motor Company. The principle was adapted by the travel industry in their haul camping trailers. While Winton is credited for the semi-truck design, August Charles Fruehauf, a blacksmith from Detroit took the design to a new level in 1914.

Fruehauf designed a new model that can be used to haul lumber. In 1918, the Fruehauf trailer company was born and remained to be a leading trailer company for more than a century. When the United States sent 2 million troops overseas to fight in World War I, they travelled with the Winton and Fruehauf-designed semi-trucks. The performance of the semi-trucks on the battlefield resulted to widespread adoption after the war.

During the Second World War, Mack became the workhorse vehicle of the US troops. More than 35,000 Mack trucks were deployed to assist in the war efforts. On the home front, the semi-trucks were used for freight hauling. Eventually, the semi-trucks took over 70% of freight delivery in the United States.  The trucks that were used during the First and Second World Wars still exist as subsidiaries of parent companies.

Today, flatbed trucking plays a vital role in delivering the needs of the US economy. Flatbeds are the best option in moving building materials, oil containers and drums, construction equipment and manufacturing components. Loading and unloading is easy because there is no roof or sides.

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What Will Happen If The Trucking Industry Decides To Stop?

If there is an industry that people including countries take for granted, it is the trucking industry. What will happen if trucking in Guelph and surrounding areas suddenly stop and trucks are pulled off the roads? There will be shortage in perishable goods and drinking water within 2 to 4 weeks. Hospitals won’t get their necessary supplies. Without trucks, many critical industries will stop within 24 hours.

The contribution of the trucking industry is immeasurable particularly to businesses so that their products will move. The trucking industry employs millions of people across the world. While rail is considered as cheaper transport, trucks are still needed to transport shipments to different destinations.

People and businesses are not shifting to rail because trucking companies offer better customer service. It makes sense to choose trucking services because of its flexibility and the guarantee that goods will arrive in time, safely and efficiently.

It is hard to estimate the contributions of the trucking industry to the world economy because its impact goes beyond employment and financial contributions to GDP. If it weren’t for trucks, businesses will not be able to operate. The most important contribution is the delivery of goods to businesses so that they can manufacture different products and earn from them.

If you will take a look around your home, chances are the furniture you have, the food you eat and the clothes you wear have seen the inside of trucks. Most of the aspects of daily life are possible because there are truck drivers who deliver goods no matter the distance.

A lot of people may not have realized that that everything from food to medicines including waste removal is done by trucks. Gas stations will immediately run out of fuel in case the trucking industry shuts down due to natural disaster or a terrorist attack.

A vast array of delivery options is offered through trucking in Guelph and surrounding areas for your shipping needs whether it is dry goods, large or small shipments, oversized loads, temperature-controlled shipments, hazardous materials and fragile items. Your shipment is guaranteed to arrive at the destination on time and intact.