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Talbert Trailer Turns 80

Talbert Manufacturing celebrates its 80th year in business. Austin Talbert started the company in 1938 as a heavy haul, crane rental and construction equipment business.

March 13, 2018 - Talbert Manufacturing, Rensselaer, Ind., a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, is marking its 80th year in business.  

In 1938, Austin Talbert started the company as a heavy-haul, crane-rental, and construction-equipment business in Lyons, Illinois.  

A pioneer in heavy-haul trailer design, Austin Talbert invented the industry’s first gooseneck model with removable rear suspension. Since then, the company has introduced many other innovations, including removable goosenecks and beam-deck units. 

“We’ve been in this business for a long time,” said Andrew Tanner, Talbert Manufacturing president. “But we’ve always stayed true to that same mission Austin Talbert had in 1938 when he set out to change the heavy-haul industry: to design and build safety, quality and durability into every last detail of our trailers.” 

Talbert’s comprehensive approach to trailer design includes representatives from each department in client consultations, so the entire organization understands how the design and manufacturing will solve the client’s challenges, including bridge laws, over-height limits, and over-weight issues. 

Talbert offers a wide variety of base model trailers, such as 10- to 30-ton tag-a-longs, hydraulic tails, oilfield, heavy hauls and traveling axles.  

The company has also built thousands of custom units and prides itself not only on the relationships that it has nurtured along the way, but also on the trailers’ durability and longevity; 92% of Talbert Trailers built since 1985 are still on the road. 

Talbert designs and builds its trailers at its facility in Rensselaer, Indiana — the same facility Austin Talbert purchased in 1957 when he sold his crane-rental and heavy-haul divisions to focus solely on trailer manufacturing.  

Austin Talbert passed away in 2010 at the age of 97.




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