Fontaine Trailer

Fontaine Trailer

Fontaine Trailer

Fontaine Trailer is a manufacturer of aluminum, steel, and combo platform trailers. Their trailer line includes flatbeds, drop decks, forklift trailers, and frac sand haulers.

Trailer Manufacturer Profile

  • Company: Fontaine Trailer Company
  • Parent Company: Marmon | Berkshire Hathaway
  • Headquarters: Haleyville, Alabama
  • Founded Date: 1940
  • Founder: John P.K. Fontaine
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  • Website: fontainetrailer.com
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Historical Highlights

1940

Fontaine Truck Equipment Company  is founded by John P.K. Fontaine to produce trailers for the federal government.

1942

Fontaine invented the “pressed” steel fifth wheel. That product, combined with the No-Slack lock he invented after World War II, becomes the foundation for today’s Fontaine Fifth Wheel.

1942 – 1950

Fontaine evolves from a government contractor to a manufacturer of platform trailers, heavy specialty trailers and fifth wheels for commercial use.

1982

The company is purchased by The Marmon Group. As a result of the Marmon purchase, Fontaine Truck Equipment Company is transformed into a decentralized group of stand-alone business units: Fontaine Body and Hoist, Fontaine Fifth Wheel, Fontaine Trailer Company, Fontaine Truck Modification Company and Fontaine Truck Equipment Company.

2004

Company expands product line to include all aluminum trailers.