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TBEI Acquires Travis Body & Trailer, Inc.

Travis Logo Flat RGB 1New York, NY, October 3, 2016 -- GenNx360 Capital Partners (“GenNx360”) is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc. ("TBEI"), has acquired Travis Body & Trailer Inc. (“Travis”) on September 30, 2016. Travis, based in Houston, Texas, is a manufacturer of aluminum end dumps, bottom dumps and transfer trailers to the construction, waste and recycling, rendering and agriculture end markets.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“This acquisition is consistent with our expansion into the dump trailer market, an expansion that began in 2013 when TBEI entered this market with a line of steel dump trailers designed, manufactured and marketed under the Ox Trailer brand. TBEI is excited to bring together two of the most trusted brands in the industry,” stated Bob Fines, President and Chief Executive Officer of TBEI.

“This acquisition further strengthens the GenNx360 truck body and trailer platform bringing expertise in aluminum dump trailers and dump bodies, expansion into the southwest, a strong and loyal dealer network and a leading position in the trailer market. Travis will be structured as a standalone division within TBEI which continues to focus on high levels of service, continuous improvement and a commitment to quality,” said Ron Blaylock, a Founder and Managing Partner of GenNx360.

About GenNx360 Capital Partners

GenNx360 Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on investing in industrial manufacturing and business services companies in the middle market. It applies years of Fortune 50 operational and leadership experience to these investments to help drive growth and value creation. The firm primarily focuses on opportunities in the industrial machinery and components, industrial services, oil and gas, logistics and supply chain solutions, agricultural, specialty chemicals, and aerospace sectors. GenNx360 was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New York City.  For more information about GenNx360, please visit:

About Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc.

Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc. is a Minnesota-based corporation that manufactures dump bodies, landscape bodies, grain bodies, platforms, hoists, and truck and trailer equipment and accessories. TBEI is an industry-leading company driven by a strong management team. It operates with six major brands with 800+ distributors and dealers, across North America. For more information about TBEI, please visit: 

NEW SR-4016 Truck Hoist from Rugby Manufacturing

Rugby SR 4016Hoist1Rugby, ND (March 2, 2016) — Rugby® Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of truck hoists, is pleased to announce the release of the SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist for trucks. This innovative new hoist is up to 20 percent lighter than comparable hoists, providing greater fuel efficiency and payload capacity. It is available for a wide variety of work trucks with body lengths from 8- to 14-feet.

The new SR-4016 model was designed as an alternative to two popular Rugby subframe scissor hoists, the Rugby HR520 and the HR540. Dealers can now stock one hoist instead of two, reducing inventory requirements. The SR-4016 also delivers a greater lifting capacity than the HR520 and can be installed 10 to 15 percent faster.

“The SR-4016 was designed with both the installer and customer in mind,” said Jeff Duchscher, general manager of Rugby Manufacturing. “Rugby used our more than 47 years of experience in hoist engineering and extended life cycle testing to develop a hoist that would reduce installation time, reduce shop inventory, and still provide the quality and durability our customers demand. The SR-4016 does all of this, and weighs less than a traditional Rugby hoist.”

As with all Rugby hoists, each SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist is lifecycle tested at full-rated capacity (7.7 to 17 ton range). It is available with a single or double-acting electric pump or a direct-mount gear pump. Each SR-4016 comes standard with a new integrated body prop.

For more information about the new SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist, contact your local Rugby distributor, visit or call (701) 776-5722. Connect with Rugby Manufacturing on Facebook at

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311

NEW Aluminum Landscape Body Line from Crysteel Manufacturing

AluminumLandscapeLake Crystal, MN (March 2, 2016) — Crysteel® Manufacturing, one of the world’s leading dump body and hoist manufacturers, introduces the Aluminum Landscape line. The new Aluminum Landscape bodies combine the strength and convenience of Crysteel’s proven Landscape Tipper with the lightweight efficiency and durability provided by aluminum construction.

Crysteel’s Aluminum Landscape bodies offer up to 13 percent more payload capacity than comparable steel bodies. They also have lower maintenance costs and greater durability, since aluminum doesn’t require painting and won’t rust.

“Our new Aluminum Landscape line is a great choice for contractors in the landscaping, refuse/waste and recycling industries who need a reliable body to take on the toughest jobs,” says Joe Paulsen, general manager of Crysteel Manufacturing. “Crysteel Aluminum Landscape bodies are lightweight and corrosion resistant, so they haul more, use less fuel, last longer and cost less to maintain than other landscape bodies. And they look good, too.”

The Crysteel Aluminum Landscape line is available in 9-foot and 12-foot body lengths. Each comes standard with a two-piece barn door in the rear for easy loading and unloading and a 50-inch side door for accessibility. Options include a full cabshield, bolt-on pull-out ladder kit, pull tarp and plastic fenders.

To save customers time and money, Crysteel’s Lo-Boy® hoist (p/n LB510) is mounted to every Aluminum Landscape body at the factory. The standard Lo-Boy hoist includes a full-length subframe for added strength and a factory-installed body prop for added safety.

For more information about the new Aluminum Landscape line of bodies, contact your local Crysteel distributor, go online to or call (800) 533-0494. Connect with Crysteel on Facebook at

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311

TBEI Welcomes New North Central Territory Manager

DouglasStreet loresLake Crystal, MN (April 22, 2016) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to welcome Douglas Street as the new North Central Territory Manager for the Crysteel®, DuraClass®, and Rugby® brands.

Douglas comes to TBEI with over 24 years of experience within the industry, starting as Commercial Truck Sales Rep for Central Truck of Wisconsin where his focus was on the heavy and medium duty market. As Sales Manager for Quality Truck Care Center in Fond du Lac and Director of Sales at Sioux City Truck Sales in Sioux City, he was responsible for all aspects of the sales department including customer service, prospecting, personnel, chassis ordering, determining the values of used trucks, and developing growth plans for the departments.

Most recently, Douglas served as the Chassis Pool Representative for Palfleet-Council Bluffs, where he managed the ordering of the Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge and Freightliner pool chassis for sales to OEM dealer groups. Douglas brings to TBEI his extensive knowledge of the heavy and medium duty truck markets.

“Douglas brings several things to this position that greatly impressed me,” said Henry Bell, VP of Sales and Marketing at TBEI. “He has an extensive knowledge of the class 8 truck market, a fiercely competitive nature and he has worked in our space with our kinds of customers throughout his career. I think his fresh perspective in this territory will be a significant change for TBEI and our valued distributors.”

As North Central Territory Manager, Douglas will cover the states of ND, SD, MN, WI and MI in the United States and SK and MB in Canada for Crysteel, DuraClass and Rugby. 

For more information: contact Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311.

TBEI Welcomes New Central Territory Manager

JasonStansbury loresLake Crystal, MN (April 22, 2016) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to welcome Jason Stansbury as the new Central Territory Manager for the Crysteel®, DuraClass® and Rugby® brands.

Jason has extensive knowledge of and experience in the industry, starting as the Office Manager at the United Rentals location in Jefferson City, MO. He then moved to Knapheide as Logistics Manager, where he expanded his expertise by becoming the manager of multiple departments at 2 locations, including the Parts Department, Production / Installation Scheduling, Inventory and Transportation.

Most recently, Jason was the General Manager of the Palfleet-Council Bluffs location. As General Manager, Jason was responsible for leading the business and operations activities for the facility, including final assembly, finishing, and the wholesale / retail portion of the business. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science and a MBA from Columbia College.

“The addition of Jason to this territory is a significant boost for TBEI and our valued distributor partners,” said Henry Bell, VP of Sales and Marketing at TBEI. “Having served as a G.M., Jason has an appreciation for what it takes to be successful from the perspective of a P&L leader. I know this knowledge will serve to help Jason relate to the challenges our distributors face every day in their markets. We feel fortunate to have recruited someone of Jason’s background and experience and look forward to continued growth in his territory.”

As Central Territory Manager for TBEI, Jason will cover the states of NE, KS, IA, MO, IL and IN, for the Crysteel, DuraClass and Rugby brands. 

For more information: contact Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311.

NEW TB-12 & TB-14 Trailer Hoists from Rugby Mfg

Rugby TB12 TB14 PressReleasePhoto 02 11 2016Rugby, ND (Feb 11, 2016) – Rugby® Manufacturing recently unveiled the all-new
TB-12 and TB-14 Trailer Hoists at the 2016 NATM Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rugby Manufacturing is an industry leader in the design and testing of trailer hoists – each Rugby hoist is engineered and tested for an extended lifecycle at full-rated capacity. The TB-12 and TB-14 scissor hoists are designed for 10- to 16-foot trailers with capacities ranging from 6.9 tons to 15.7 tons. Some of the benefits of the new TB-12 and TB-14 Trailer hoists include:

• Weight savings of almost 100 lbs
• New body prop incorporated into the hoist with no installation required
• 3-year warranty

Rugby Manufacturing is the leading designer and manufacturer of Class 3–7 dump bodies, landscape bodies, platforms, truck and trailer hoists and related truck equipment & accessories.Rugby Manufacturing is part of the Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) family of companies. TBEI brands include Crysteel®, Rugby®, DuraClass®, J-Craft® and Ox Bodies®.


TBEI, Inc. Announces New DuraClass General Manager

Steve Mcdonough DuraClass 02-27-2014

TISHOMINGO, Miss. (February 27, 2014) – Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) recently announced the hire of Steve McDonough as General Manager for its DuraClass manufacturing facility in Tishomingo, Miss. McDonough has spent the past 28 years in several key management roles in the automotive and industrial manufacturing industries.

McDonough spent 12 years with Gates Rubber Company, Denver, Colo., in various production, quality and plant management positions before moving on to Akebono Brake Corporation, Elizabethtown, KY. In 15 years with Akebono, McDonough served as manufacturing manager and eventually general manager.

TBEI President/CEO Bob Fines is excited to welcome McDonough to the DuraClass team. He said, “Steve brings with him the kind of knowledge and experience that will continue to position the DuraClass brand as the leader in the industry. He is an excellent addition to DuraClass and we are very pleased to bring him on board.”

DuraClass designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of premium Class 3 – 8 dump bodies, hoists, and related equipment and offers more than 100 years of engineering and manufacturing expertise. TBEI leads the truck body equipment manufacturing industry. Several high-quality brands are sold under the TBEI name including: Ox Bodies®, DuraClass®, Rugby®, Crysteel®, and J-Craft®.


For more information: contact Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing Manager at 507-726-4311.

TBEI, Inc. Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Henry Bell 09-03-2013

Lake Crystal, MN (September 4, 2013) Lake Crystal, MN — Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc., (TBEI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Henry Bell to the newly created position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing for all TBEI brands. Bell’s new role will encompass all Sales and Marketing efforts for TBEI brands Crysteel®, DuraClass®, J-Craft®, Inc., Ox Bodies® and Rugby® Manufacturing.

"We are excited to have Henry join our already outstanding team of professionals,” said Bob Fines, TBEI CEO & President. “Henry’s experience with both Direct and Distributor Sales Relationships will be a big asset to TBEI, and we look forward to having him lead the team.”

Bell has over 23 years of leadership experience within the industry, most recently as President of Fontaine Fifth Wheel Company. Prior to joining Fontaine, Bell was with Heil Environmental Industries for 15 years. Bell is a graduate of The University of Georgia, and will be based out of Fayette, AL.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such a great team of people” said Bell. “I look forward to working with our Customers and Distributors, and building on the strong equity of the TBEI brands in the market place.”

TBEI is a Minnesota based corporation that encompasses five leading manufacturers of dump truck bodies, hoists and truck & trailer equipment. TBEI brands include Crysteel®, Rugby®, DuraClass®, J-Craft® and Ox Bodies®.


For more information: contact Nikki Kyle, TBEI Marketing at 507-726-4311.

TBEI, Inc. Introduces New Marketing Manager

Nikki Kyle 12-03-2012

Truck Bodies & Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI) is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole ‘Nikki’ Kyle as Marketing Manager. Nikki will be based at TBEI corporate offices in Lake Crystal, Minnesota, and will manage marketing for TBEI brands Crysteel, Rugby, DuraClass, and J-Craft.

“We are incredibly excited to have Kyle Nikki join our TBEI family,” said Doug Hauck, VP of Sales at TBEI. “Nikki’s experience and enthusiasm will be a tremendous asset to TBEI, our Distributors and our customers.”

Nikki brings over 15 years experience to TBEI, most recently with Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), and is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Please join us in welcoming Nikki to TBEI!

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