HISTORY OF KNAPHEIDE

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The Knapheide Mfg. Co. was founded in 1848 by Henry Knapheide, an immigrant from Westphalia, Germany. Originally a wagon company, Knapheide began making truck bodies in the early 1900's and is the oldest manufacturer in the truck equipment industry still owned by the founding family.

The Knapheide Mfg. Co. has seen many changes in society, technology and the economy during its long history. A tremendous desire to succeed and an ability to adapt to change have enabled The Knapheide Mfg. Co. to survive the Civil War, the Panic of 1873, World War 1, World War II, the Great Depression, and the change from horse drawn wagons to gasoline driven trucks.

Devastated by the crash of '29, Knapheide's total gross sales plunged to $14,083.56 for the entire year of 1932. It's hard to believe that a company could survive with almost no volume, but Knapheide did. That's determination! That's the Knapheide spirit that has made The Knapheide Mfg. Co. a leader in the truck equipment industry.

Today, Knapheide is a full range truck equipment manufacturer of agricultural, stake and service bodies, hydraulic hoists, and miscellaneous equipment such as toolboxes and bumpers.

In 1954 the company moved its assembly and warehouse facilities to three modern buildings in West Quincy, Missouri. Additions in 1965 and 1972 make the West Quincy facility a sprawling industrial complex with automated painting and MIG welding systems. The fabrication facility at Sixth and State Streets was greatly expanded in 1975 and now houses the largest cold roll former in the truck equipment industry. Newly modernized corporate headquarters are also located at the Quincy location. Following the Great Flood of 1993, the assembly operations were moved to a vacant manufacturing plant on the north side of Quincy, and will remain there until a new facility is constructed at 24th Street and Kochs Lane in Quincy.

After 148 years of operation, The Knapheide Mfg. Co. has evolved into the nation's premier producer of steel service bodies and platform/stake style truck bodies. Our company has seen a lot of changes over the years, but the one thing that will never change is the value, function and durability built into our products.


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