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M A N U FA C T U R I N G & E N G I N E E R I N G m +e Perfect Bodies > T H E K N A P H E I D E M A N U FAC T U R I N G CO. KNAPHEIDE, A FAMILY MANAGED COMPANY, HAS GROWN TO BE A PREMIER PRODUCER OF TRUCK BODIES. With a legacy that extends 162 years, The Knapheide Manufacturing Co. says it is the premier producer of steel service truck bodies and platform/stakestyle truck bodies in the nation. “Our company has seen a lot of changes over the years, but one thing that will never change is our focus of meeting customer expectations,” Knapheide explains. Based in Quincy, Ill., the company’s product lines include service, line, crane, forestry and contractor bodies, as well as hoists, platforms, landscapers and toolboxes. Founder H. Heinrich Knapheide started the company in 1848. A native of Lengerich, Germany, Knapheide left his home in 1845 and traveled to New Orleans. There, he worked as a wagon maker for two years before moving to St. Louis. “The following year, he moved on to Quincy and started the Henry Knapheide Wagon Co.,” it says. Knapheide specialized in wagons for farmers. “Early products also served the lumber, coal and general hauling indusSurviving the Depression The family leadership continued with Harold W. Knapheide, who represented the third generation and ran the company as a repair shop. “[He] even sold such tries,” the company says. “The little wagon company grew continually during the late 1800s and Heinrich’s son, Henry E. Knapheide, assumed control of the company upon his father’s death in 1890.” In 1892, Knapheide built a wagon factory, which later built cabs and bodies for Model T trucks. “The wagon business declined steadily during the 1920s and the once-prosperous company was devastated by the ’29 crash and the Great Depression that followed,” it says. items as washing machines to keep his company afloat,” Knapheide says. His son, H.W. (Bud) Knapheide Jr., joined him in 1938. “A 1936 graduate of Grinnell College, [the] young Knapheide had worked two years with International Harvester Co., selling trucks in Davenport, Iowa,” it says. Bud Knapheide planned numerous changes for the company, including sales over a larger territory and the use of mass production. -----------------------------------------------[ P R O F I L E ] The Knapheide Manufacturing Co. Headquarters: Quincy, Ill. Specialty: Truck bodies -------------------------------------------------------------// Now led by the sixth generation of the Knapheide family, Knapheide Manufacturing is one of the largest producers of service and utility truck bodies. 66 MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM WINTER 2011 http://www.MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Management Today - Winter 2011

Management Today - Winter 2011
Millionaire Mega Toys
Management Playbook
Taking Action
Branding Concerns
La Curacao
Prosper Inc.
Meridian Credit Union
Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan
Mona Pearl
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
L’Oreal USA Consumers Products Division
ABI Ltd.
CHIRON America
Lucerne Foods
Bud’s Best Cookies
Crest Foam Industries
Hozishaki America
The Knapheide Manufacturing Co.
Lavi Industries
S. Freedman & Sons Inc.
Val-Fab Inc.
History vs. Reality
Grupo Roble
Sabal Homes
Grupo Marhnos
Novak Construction
McAlpine Ltd. – Cayman Islands Government Administration Building
Ram Power Corp.
CMH Architects
Golden State Framers
Russell Redi-Mix Concrete
Roger Electric
Supply Chain
Triad Systems
Schildwachter Oil
Star Transport
Canadian Focus
Airline Hotels & Resorts Inc.
Northgate Industries
Winnipeg Airports Authority
PKS Equipment & Engineering Inc.
The Hazelton Hotel
Leeds Transit
PCL Constructors – Durham Consolidated Courthouse
Build Toronto
Handling Specialty
Parker Hannifin Canada
Stevens Resource Group Inc.

Management Today - Winter 2011