On December 2, JOST International shipped the 400,000th fifth wheel manufactured at the company’s Greeneville, TN, facility. The cab actuated air release fifth wheel was installed on a Class 8 truck for Werner Enterprises.
Production of JOST fifth wheels began in the U.S. in 2000 at the site of the current 90,000 sq.-ft. Greeneville facility. Since that time, JOST’s domestic market share for fifth wheels has grown significantly with a corresponding increase in production and employment. In November, the company broke ground for a 12,000 sq.-ft. addition to add loading docks and increase inventory space to accommodate the expanding industry requirements and expected future growth. Lee Brace, President of JOST, praised the employees, management and the Greeneville community for their hard work in making the facility a success. “We had a vision to increase JOST fifth wheel position in North America by dedicating resources to domestic manufacture. The new expansion will help us meet the on-time delivery requirements of our growing customer base.”
JOST fifth wheels feature safe and simple locking mechanisms with only four moving parts. They are infinitely adjustable and the ease of maintenance results in the lowest total cost of ownership in the fifth wheel segment. Rich Carroll, Vice President Sales and Marketing comments, “The reason we have reached this 400,000th milestone is simply because North American fleets and truck manufacturers recognize the benefits of the JOST design and local manufacturing support. We expect to gain increased penetration in the domestic market as our OEM positions have dramatically improved in recent years.”