TBEI Acquires Hardee Equipment

Hardee Equipment of Lakeland FL has been sold to Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI), a manufacturer of dump truck bodies, hoists, and related equipment under the Crysteel, Ox Bodies, and Rugby Manufacturing brands.

Founded in 1965, Hardee has a product line including steel and aluminum dump bodies (Classes 5-8), platform bodies, flatbed dumps, roll-off hoists, cranes, service bodies, and a range of other truck-mounted equipment.

TBEI now consists of five major brands. Ox Bodies, headquartered in Fayette AL, manufactures medium- and heavy-duty dump bodies and accessories. Crysteel, based in Lake Crystal MN, produces bodies for Class 3-8 trucks. Rugby Manufacturing, headquartered in Rugby ND, specializes in light and medium duty (Class 3-7) dump bodies, and conversion and trailer hoists.

TBEI established corporate headquarters in Eden Prairie MN. The combined divisions represent annual revenues of more than $200 million.

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