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Truck by Trailer: The History of the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry

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About the Book:

The introduction of the truck trailer in the early 1900s revolutionized materials distribution much as had the first steamboats, railroad cars, airplanes, trucks, and intermodal shipping containers. Truck trailers allowed shippers to send much larger loads to customers with the same truck and driver. Trailers could be“spotted” for loading or unloading, then hooked to a truck or tractor, or even loaded onto a railcar or ship,thus allowing drivers and power equipment to be more productive. The fledgling trailer manufacturers adopted the slogan “Truck by Trailer” in 1920. Industry pioneers overcame many obstacles to push the evolution from horse drawn wagons to truck tractors pulling trailers and semi-trailers. Some of the same type operational and regulatory challenges that face dearly trailer builders a century ago remain today.Trailers proved their value during two world wars and those wartime experiences led to engineering and manufacturing advancements that long benefited commercial users.While methods and materials of trailer construction to serve expanding markets have changed over the years, the principle of providing the economy with a versatile and dependable tool for moving materials has remained unchanged.

Truck by Trailer: The History of the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry is the first book to recognize the truck trailer as a unique transportation vehicle. It was written to celebrate the truck trailer as part of the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association.

About the Author:

John L. Conley spent 40 years with the trucking industry, including as editor of Modern Bulk Transporter magazine and with the trade association National Tank Truck Carriers Inc., from which he retired as president in 2013.  He formed ConleyComm LLC in Chester MD in 2014.  He received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and is a U.S. Navy veteran.