Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society

Launched as a carriage builder in 1912, Fruehauf Trailers acquired world-wide stature for high-quality German craftsmanship and excellent design. By 1950's the company was on the list of the top grossing U.S. companies, becoming an industry leader with eight U.S. plants, one Canadian factory, ands 85 branch offices with 8,300 employees.


The Fruehauf Trailer company revolutionized the transportation industry by inventing the semi-trailer , the automatic 5th wheel hitch and container shipping. Fruehauf was the most dominant manufacturer of truck semi-trailers for nearly a century.