The First Name in Van Bodies, Since 1946
The history and tradition of Brown Industries, LLC dates back to 1946 when cargo vans were created in knockdown form by Brown Trailers, Inc. of Spokane, Washington. Brown's first truck body was constructed from trailer parts and outfitted as a bookmobile for the city of Spokane. That unit turned out to be the first dry freight cargo van ever made out of aluminum by any manufacturer. Subsequently, the company expanded nationwide and was later sold to Clark Equipment Company of Buchanan, Michigan. Clark manufactured and sold cargo vans and knockdown kits until 1975, when the Ashton-Richards Company purchased the business.
The Ashton-Richards Company operated a truck trailer and body sales and service business in Kansas City, Missouri that was recognized as one of the top independent distributors for these products in the country for over 30 years. Ashton-Richards bought the Lawrence, Kansas facility in 1975 and changed the name to Brown Cargo Van, Inc., directing its efforts toward the manufacture and sale of truck bodies and allied equipment of the highest quality.
Moving Beyond the Van Body
In 1995 we extended our capabilities to include specialty vehicles and other customized transportation products. We have manufactured equipment for the emergency management, law enforcement, and mobile medical markets as well as custom equipment for airport catering and windshield distribution.
Just as the industry was entering a down market in 2009, B12 Equity Partners recognized the potential of the company and the value associated with the Brown name and purchased the company. With growth in mind, the name was changed to Brown Industries, LLC.
Brown created our new MOW (maintenance of way) rail division after recognizing the growth opportunity observed through serving a handful of customers operating in the rail services sector. In 2011 we hired a seasoned veteran to build this exciting and successful new division.
In 2012 we hired another seasoned veteran but with van body sales in his background and opened a facility in Colorado. The Henderson, CO facility specializes in the manufacture of van bodies for the tool truck industry and HD lumber bodies for customers in the mountain West region. At this facility we also install dry freight, refrigerated, moving, curtainside, and cutaway van bodies.
Our experience in the industry and our customization capabilities are key factors to the loyalty of many of our customers. No other company has been building truck bodies for as many years as Brown Cargo Van and our quality product, backed by excellent service, has been the cornerstone for our continued success.