Hobbs Manufacturing Co. - 1920s-present - Fort Worth, Texas (later Fruehauf, now a division of Terex)


M. J. Neeley
Mentor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Leader (1898 - 1996)

In 1929, young M. J. Neeley took a job with Hobbs Manufacturing, then a small trailer manufacturer located in Fort Worth, Texas. He started his career as a bookkeeper. By the time he was in his early 30's, he owned the company free and clear. Today, Hobbs is part of Terex, one of the leading U.S. trucking manufacturers, ranking 369th on the Fortune 500 list.


In 1930, William E. Grace joined the Hobbs Manufacturing Company in Fort Worth, which built pole trailers. It was about to fold during the Depression, and Grace took it over and turned it around. After being bought out by Fruehauf, he also turned that company around, from a net loss in 1958 of $11 million to earnings of more than $30 million the next year. When he retired from Fruehauf in the 70s, sales were more than $13 billion.


Chester A. Byers was one of the first famous cowboys to endorse a product, in the 1930s he was pictured in advertising for the Hobbs Manufacturing Company horse trailers.


Hobbs manufactures truck bodies and trailers. Specialized in pole-trailers early on, later ventured into horse and livestock trailers, oil-field bodies as well as all-aluminum van bodies, self-loading floats and flatbed trailers.

ad in 1953 Chevrolet Silver Book pp166-167.



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