During a customer appreciation reception at the 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting last week in Nashville, Tenn., JOST International celebrated the recent manufacture and shipment of its 500,000th fifth wheel. The fifth wheel was produced at the company’s Greeneville, Tenn., facility.
Many of JOST North American customers attending the event, both equipment manufacturers and fleets, were recognized for their contribution to the success of the company’s fifth wheel product line.
“This reception provided us with an opportunity to thank our loyal customers and the large turnout was both appreciated and humbling to us,” says Rich Carroll, vice president sales & marketing at JOST International.
JOST has been manufacturing fifth wheel coupling devices globally since 1956 and began manufacturing for the North America market at its Greeneville, Tenn., facility in 1999, adding a 12,000 sq.-ft. expansion in 2015.
“In late 2014 as we were producing our 400,000th fifth wheel and planning our expansion, we had aggressive plans to grow our market share even more in North America. As a result of increasing fleet preference and expanded OEM positions we have quickly met the 500,000th milestone,” says Lee Brace, president at JOST International.
JOST says its fifth wheels feature safe and simple locking mechanisms with only four moving parts. Additional safety features include high-coupling lugs decreasing the potential for improper coupling and an easy pull handle to benefit drivers. They are infinitely adjustable with a design that reduces vehicle downtime and maintenance costs, resulting in the lowest total cost of ownership in the fifth wheel segment, the company says.
JOST International fifth wheels are available for specification at all major OEMs.