About Trail King
No U.S. trailer manufacturer offers a more complete line of trailers than Trail King.
With trailers ranging in load capacities from 6,000 pounds to 1,000,000 pounds, Trail King has trailers to serve a wide variety of applications for markets as diverse as construction, agriculture, transportation, waste and recycling, and specialized hauling.
Trail King's reputation for quality, performance, and reliability are unsurpassed.
Yes, change has been a part of Trail King's history.
- - From its early begining as Western Ag Sales to present day Trail King Industries, Inc.
- - From agricultural products distributor to trailer industry leader.
- - From the first "Trail King" trailer to today's specialized multi-axle behemoths.
Yet, despite all this growth and change in Trail King's past - and all that surely lies in its future -
there are some things that will always remain constant...
● Trail King will always strive to lead the way in the trailer industry, delivering trailers that are engineered and manufactured to the highest standards of quality, performance, and reliability.
● Trail King will continue to actively participate in organizations whose missions are to elevate the trailer industry and its related industries to new levels of innovation, professionalism, and integrity.
● And, as it has through all these years, Trail King will continue to value "the human element" of doing business...Treating employees, dealers, and most important, customers, with respect, honesty, and good will.
Trail King's History
The story of how Trail King's reputation was built began in 1974, when Gordon and Shirley Thomsen founded Western Ag Sales purchased another Mitchell-based manufacturing company, Plains Industries, and moved into their manufacturing facility. With this purchase, Western Ag also brought a new line into their product offerings...
A line of trailers called "Trail King".
During the next few years, Western Ag expanded this line to include trailers with many enhanced features to better meet customers' specific hauling needs, such as hydraulic tails and detachable goosenecks. Probably most notable of these was Trail King's development of what many at the time considered the best hydraulic detachable gooseneck in the industry - a system that made hooking up and unhooking a simple, one-person "60-second connection."
As the 1970's drew to a close, the company's emphasis shifted away from the distribution of ag-related equipment in order to focus exclusively on the manufacture of Trail King Trailers.
And to reflect this commitment to the manufacture of trailers only, Western Ag Sales officially changed its name in 1983 to Trail King Industries.
This focus on trailers, and trailers only, led to an expanded product line that included trailers designed not only to address construction-related applications, but to meet the needs of the Commercial and Specialized Hauling markets as well.
Along with this product line expansion came increased sales - which, naturally, came with increased production capability demands. To address this need, Trail King built a new manufacturing plant in 1987, right down the road from its existing facility. At 67,500 square feet, this new plant went a long way toward meeting the ever-increasing demand for Trail King trailers.
But not for long.
So, in 1992, as Trail King sales continued to grow and strain production capacity at the seams, the plant was expanded.
And only two years later, it was expanded again.
Today, the total square footage of Trail King's facilities in Mitchell alone stands at 295,000 square feet, providing state-of-the-art production capabilities for a workforce of over 450 employees.
Up to this time, Trail King had manufactured, almost exclusively, open deck trailers. But that all changed when, in 1995, it acquired the assets of Ti-Brook, Inc. As a respected manufacturer of aluminum dump bodies and end dump trailers, Ti-Brook brought a new Materials Hauling dimension to Trail King's product line.
Then in 2000, Trail King further expanded it product offerings with the purchase of Red River Manufacturing, based in West Fargo, ND. Red River had a well-deserved reputation for manufacturing outstanding live bottom and bottom dump trailers for the agricultural, waste, and construction industries. And, with the 2007 construction of a brand new 160,000-square-foot facility, it has further increased Trail King's ability to meet ever-increasing market demand in an even more timely, efficient, and quality-enhanced way.
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