History

In 1961 in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, Jack and Bob Benson ran a welding repair shop. Looking to move into the coal industry, they transformed into Benson Truck Bodies and began specializing in manufacturing custom-built dump bodies. With growing success, they expanded operations in 1970 to include dump trailers.

As production orders hit an all-time high, the Benson brothers transferred ownership to International Industries and Benson Truck Bodies became Benson International. In 1984, Benson International unveiled the product that would establish its name in the industry – the aluminum platform trailer.

In 2008, Wabash National acquired certain assets of Benson International to expand its commercial trailer product offering. A few years later, Wabash National consolidated all platform production to a single manufacturing facility in Cadiz, Kentucky. Today, both Benson and Transcraft brand trailers are manufactured at this facility.