The 2017-2018 TTMA executive committee and their wives: Gary Smith, Kentucky Trailer; Dan and Theresa Giles, Fontaine Trailer Company; Menno and Karen Eby, M. H. Eby Inc; Bob and Heather Wahlin, Stoughton Trailers LLC;, Dale and JoAnn Jones, Timpte Inc; Dick and Hilda Giromini, Wabash National Corporation; Lloyd and Yvonne Elias, Lode-King Industries.

TTMA celebrates 75th anniversary

July 5, 2017
The Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association celebrated its 75th anniversary and a listing of who will be leading TTMA 2017-2018

The Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association celebrated its 75th anniversary April 27-29 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida.

The convention program provided a strong look at the changes industry thought leaders expect to impact the trailer manufacturing industry in coming years. And in honor of the association’s 75th anniversary, long-time TTMA members gave tribute to the industry’s heritage.

A strong slate of speakers pointed to trends in the trailer business that promise to make the next 75 years look significantly different from the previous 75. One of those is the growth of ecommerce, which is disrupting the way goods are sold—and transported. What type of trucks or trailers will benefit?

“Certainly the smaller delivery trucks could be a good bet, with economic liftgates perhaps powered with solar panels,” one speaker said. “It’s really important to stay attentive and flexible so that when your future becomes more clear, you are well-positioned to deliver the products the market is demanding.”

Trucking, however, should continue to be the mode of choice for much of the freight that will be shipped in the future.

“Trucking moves 70% of freight in the US,” another speaker said, “and in spite of all the things that are going to happen in the world, trucking will continue to move about 70% of the freight—and could actually gain market share.”

Another analyst presented his thoughts on what the future holds for major types of trailers. His conclusion: good news and bad news.

Details on these and other presentations can be found on the pages that follow. Meanwhile, here are those who will be leading the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association during the next year:

2017–2018 Officers:

Chairman of the Board 
Rick Mullininx 
Great Dane Trailers

Vice Chairman of the Board 
Gary Smith 
Kentucky Trailers

Jeffrey Sims 

Menno Eby 
M.H. Eby, Inc.

Chairman Policy Committee 
Dan Giles 
Fontaine Trailer Company

Vice Chairman Policy Committee 
Dale Jones 
Timpte, Inc.

2017-2018 Tank Conference

Chairman of the Tank Executive Conference 
Tom Anderson 
LBT, Inc.

Vice Chairman of the Tank Executive Committee 
Peter Weis 
Polar Tank Trailer

2017–2018 Board of Directors:

Dave de Poincy, East Manufacturing Corporation

Lloyd Elias, Lode-King Industries

Frank Flowers, General Engines Company, Inc.

Gary Gaussoin, Silver Eagle Manufacturing

Jan Hoover, Strick Trailers, LLC

Jay Kulyk, Rogers Brothers Corporation

Everett Merritt, Merritt Trailers, Inc.

Bill Persinger, Wilson Trailer Company

John Rust, Trail King Industries, Inc.


John Cannon, Wabash National Corporation

Zach Coley, Heil Trailer International

David Shannon, MAC LTT, Inc.

Daniel Tremblay, Tremcar, Inc.

Dale Jones, left, receives a plaque for his service as chairman of TTMA for 2016-2017. Presenting the plaque is Rick Mullininx, incoming chairman.
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.