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ATW grows its truck equipment business with Dakota Bodies acquisition

Dec. 4, 2020
'Adding a market leader like Dakota Bodies will help accelerate ATW’s positioning as a leader in the truck equipment industry and better serve our customers with a well-rounded truck equipment portfolio,' says ATW Truck Equipment President Steve Courreges

ATW has added custom truck body manufacturer Dakota Bodies to the trailer and truck equipment provider’s growing list of brands. The acquisition marks an expansion of the ATW Truck Equipment business unit, supplementing its flat bed and service body manufacturing capabilities. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“For years, ATW has partnered with Dakota Bodies on custom service and utility bodies,” Steve Courreges, president of ATW Truck Equipment, said. “By bringing them into the ATW portfolio, we can more effectively combine their experience and technology with ATW’s scalability and commercial expertise.”

Since 1997, Dakota Bodies has been designing and manufacturing utility and service truck bodies. The company currently manufactures out of its state-of-the-art production facilities in Watertown, SD, and Liberty, MO.

“Joining forces with ATW affords us the resources and expertise to further grow what we’ve built at Dakota Bodies,” Jeff Orthaus, CEO of Dakota Bodies, said. “We’re excited about the partnership and the many opportunities it presents.”

Dakota Bodies joins CM Truck Beds under the leadership of Courreges, as ATW continues to increase their reach and reputation for engineering and manufacturing of truck equipment.

“ATW Truck Equipment represents a key component of growth and the broader ATW success story,” Courreges said. “Adding a market leader like Dakota Bodies will help accelerate ATW’s positioning as a leader in the truck equipment industry and better serve our customers with a well-rounded truck equipment portfolio.”

ATW’s portfolio of companies includes Big Tex Trailers, CM Truck Beds, PJ Trailers, Carry-On Trailer, BWise Trailers, and RC Trailers, as well as TexTrail Trailer Parts and the Big Tex Trailer World family of retail stores.