Incoming TTMA chairman Dick Giromini right thanks Andy Tanner for serving as TTMA chairman during the past year

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association holds 72nd convention as business booms

June 1, 2014
2014-2015 association's leadership team list

TRAILER manufacturers are on a roll here lately, and if the 72nd Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association convention is any indication, the industry should keep on rolling.

With business going great back home, trailer manufacturers convened for a few days at the J W Marriott Starr Pass to network, work on committees, and learn from a series of speakers.

The mood this year was in stark contrast to what it was when TTMA held its 67th at the same location in 2009. At that convention, trailer shipments were their lowest in a generation, a panel of trailer customers announced that they were drastically cutting trailer purchases, and the forecast for the year called for continued weak demand in the near term.

Not so now. Trailer shipments are at historically high levels and are expected to stay there, according to Steve Tam with ACT Research. And according to a presentation on demographics, the U S will remain a strong environment where trucks and trailers can thrive. Maybe some ups and downs here and there, but generally positive news.

Much like trailer shipments themselves, attendance at this year’s event was high—390 total attendees—which is roughly the same as last year.

The convention marked Andy Tanner’s term as chairman of the board. For 2014-2015, the association’s leadership team will consist of:

TTMA Officers 2O14 - 2O15

Chairman of the Board:

Dick Giromini
Wabash National
West Lafayette, Indiana

Vice-Chairman of the Board:

Dan Giles
Fontaine Military Products
Jasper, Alabama


Menno Eby
M H Eby
Blue Ball, Pennsylvania


Jeff Sims
Gainesville, Virginia

Chairman, Policy Committee:

Grant Smith
Ceres, California

Vice-Chairman Policy Committee:

Andy Tanner
Talbert Manufacturing
Rensselaer, Indiana

Chairman Tank Conference:

John Cannon
The Walker Group
New Lisbon, Wisconsin

Vice Chairman Tank Conference:

Tom Anderson
Omaha, Nebraska

Chairman for Associates:

Jay Davenport
Hauppauge, New York

Vice-Chairman for Associates:

Joe Langemeier
AZZ Galvanizing Services
Fort Worth, Texas

Immediate Past Chairman Associates:

Julius Chambers
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions
Nashville, Tennessee

Chairman Convention Committee:

Dan Giles
Fontaine Military Products
Jasper, Alabama

Vice Chairman Convention Committee:

Dale Jones
Timpte Inc
David City, Nebraska

Tom Anderson

John Cannon
The Walker Group

Zack Coley
Heil Trailer International

David de Poincy
East Manufacturing Corporation

Lloyd Elias
Lode-King Industries

Steve Fairbanks
XL Specialized Trailers

Frank Flowers
General Engines Company Inc.

Dan Giles
Fontaine Military Products

Dick Giromini
Wabash National Corporation

Dale Jones
Timpte, Inc.

Jay Kulyk
Rogers Brothers Corporation

Everett Merritt
Merritt Equipment Company

Rick Mullinix
Great Dane Trailers

Bill Persinger
Wilson Trailer Company

Lynn Reinbolt
Road Systems, Inc.

John Rust
Trail King Industries, Inc.

Dave Shannon

Gary Smith
Kentucky Trailer

Andy Tanner
Talbert Manufacturing, Inc.

Daniel Tremblay
Tremcar, Inc

Bob Wahlin
Stoughton Trailer LLC

About the Author

Bruce Sauer | Editor

Bruce Sauer has been writing about the truck trailer, truck body and truck equipment industries since joining Trailer/Body Builders as an associate editor in 1974. During his career at Trailer/Body Builders, he has served as the magazine's managing editor and executive editor before being named editor of the magazine in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.