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Talbert Manufacturing Celebrates 80 Years

Apr 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Industry News

Austin Talbert started the company in 1938 as a heavy haul, crane rental and construction equipment business.

Talbert Manufacturing marks its 80th year in business. Austin Talbert started the company in 1938 as a heavy haul, crane rental and construction equipment business in Lyons, Illinois. He quickly became known as a pioneer in heavy-haul trailer safety with his invention of the industry’s first gooseneck model with removable rear suspension.

“We’ve been in this business for a long time,” said Andrew Tanner, Talbert Manufacturing president. “But we’ve always stayed true to that same mission Austin Talbert had in 1938 when he set out to change the heavy-haul industry: to design and build safety, quality and durability into every last detail of our trailers.”

Today, Talbert offers a variety of base model trailers, such as 10- to 30-ton tag-a-longs, hydraulic tails, oilfield, heavy hauls, traveling axles and custom units. Trailers are designed and built at its facility in Rensselaer, Indiana — the same facility Austin Talbert purchased in 1957 when he sold his crane rental and heavy-haul divisions to focus solely on trailer manufacturing. This is when Talbert Construction Equipment Company became Talbert Manufacturing.

Austin Talbert passed away in 2010 at the age of 97.