KNAPHEIDE Mfg held a special dinner for its distributors during the NTEA convention in Indianapolis.
The evening featured a performance by singer Crystal Gayle and recognition of the company's top distributors-those companies that sold at least 150 Knapheide service bodies and other products during 1998. The 150 matches the number of years that the Quincy, Illinois, truck body manufacturer has been in business. The company was started in 1848.
Knapheide welcomed another four distributors into its 1848 Club. Joining the 1848 Club for the first time were Hi-Tech Truck Rigging & Equipment, Houston TX; Pacific Utility Equipment, Sparks NV; Seely Equipment & Supply, Farmingdale NJ; and Truck Equipment Inc, Des Moines IA.
Second-time winners were Cherokee Truck Equipment, Chattanooga TN; Fontaine Truck Equipment, Dallas TX; Fontaine Truck Equipment Co., Ft Lauderdale FL; General Truck Body, Houston TX; and Jim Hardee Equipment, Inc., Lakeland FL
Third-time winners were Aerial Truck Equipment, Olive Branch MS; Allied Truck Equipment, Grand Rapids MI; Carter Industries, Redwood City CA; Fontaine Truck Equipment Co., Indianapolis IN; Idaho Truck Specialties LLC, Meridian ID; and Midwest Truck Equipment, Wichita KS.
Earning 1848 Club membership for the fourth time were Clark Truck Equipment, Albuquerque NM; D & H Truck Equipment, San Diego CA; Dixie Trailer Equipment Mfg, Ashland VA; Dixie Upfittings Inc, Fayetteville NC; Knapheide Truck Equipment Center, St Charles MO; Park-Built Body Company, Sylvester GA; Simpson Equipment Corporation, Wilson NC; and Wilbar Truck Equipment, Portsmouth VA.
Five-time winners were American Cargo Corporation, Goshen IN; American Commercial Truck Inc, Tampa FL; Fontaine Truck Equipment, Louisville KY; Lodi Equipment, West Sacramento CA; Manning Equipment, Louisville KY; and Moxley's Truck Equipment, Street MD.
Winning for the sixth time were Fontaine Truck Equipment, Charlotte NC; J. C. Madigan, Inc, Harvard MA; and Kaffenbarger Truck Equipment, Cincinnati OH.
Seven-time members were Baker Truck Equipment, Hurricane WV; Bennett Truck Equipment, Orlando FL; Keystone Truck Equipment, New Britain PA; Lee Transport Equipment, Columbia SC; Madison Truck Equipment, Madison WI; Stewart's Truck Equipment, Hopkinsville KY; and Truck Utilities & Mfg, St Paul MN.
Winning for the eighth time were Fontaine Truck Equipment, Nashville TN; H & K Truck Equipment, Salt Lake City UT; and Truck Body Corporation, Lynchburg VA.
Joining the club for the ninth time were Frontier Truck Equipment & Parts, Commerce City CO; LCL Truck Equipment, Hastings NE; and Perfection Truck Parts & Equipment, Oklahoma City OK.
Ten-time winners were Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment, Kings Park NY; Evansville Truck Equipment, Evansville IN; Shade Equipment, Winchester VA; Truck Equipment Sales, Mobile AL; and W A Messer Co, Westbrook ME.
Winning for the eleventh time were Brake & Equipment, Milwaukee WI; Kaffenbarger Truck Equipment, New Carlisle OH; and Nelson Truck Equipment, Kent WA.
Twelve-time winners were Fontaine Truck Equipment, Forest Park GA; Fontaine Truck Equipment, Birmingham AL; Layton Truck Equipment Company LLC, Colorado Springs CO; and Zoresco Equipment Company, Pittsburgh PA.
Making it into the 1848 Club 13 times were General Truck Equipment & Trailer Sales, Jacksonville FL; and R A Adams Enterprises, McHenry IL.
Fourteen-time winners were Jursik Truck Equipment, Flint MI; and Western Truck Equipment, Phoenix AZ.
Fifteen-year members were Critzer Equipment, Spokane WA; Knapheide Truck Equipment Center, Jefferson City MO; Knapheide Truck Equipment Center, Quincy IL; Knapheide Truck Equipment Center, Kansas City MO; and Northwest Truckstell Sales Inc., Portland OR.
And, yes, Crystal Gayle sang "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."