Featuring Manning Equipment LLC

This article was published in the April 2020 edition of NTEA News.

NTEA met up with Manning Equipment LLC, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, with an additional location in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bill Manning founded Manning Enterprises in 1954, and in 1958, the company established the first ship-thru program to further accommodate national fleet customers. The ship-thru solution — an arrangement between Manning Equipment and Ford Motor Company — creates a one-stop-shop approach offering complete products, consistent installation and prompt truck delivery. In 1965, the business introduced a modification center, designed to give customers additional vehicle options not available directly from the factory.


Family-owned since 1954, “If it’s truck equipment, Manning has it!” Visit truckequip.com for more information.

Manning Equipment has been family-owned and -operated for over 60 years. Originating in the heavy truck market, the company performed factory-approved modifications such as tractor packages, frame changes, and various engine and cab alterations. It was a long-time manufacturer of the popular Modern Wagon brand of van bodies.

As consumer demands and federal regulations changed, Manning Equipment has been on the forefront of helping end users stay compliant with weight regulations, lighting rules, emission standards, and all other nuances work truck users need to know. 

The company has 85 full-time employees; 60 acres of manufacturing, installation and distribution facilities; and 200,000 square feet of shop space to get any truck custom-built to exact customer specifications.

Consistency is key for Manning Equipment, which has received many prestigious awards for dedication to quality work, superior business ethics and customer-focused practices. Never sacrificing quality or safety — hardworking customers can rely on the company’s equipment to help them get the job done, and this is exactly what the business has done for more than six decades.

An NTEA distributor member since 1982, Manning Equipment is part of the Association’s Member Verification Program, which recognizes eligible work truck industry companies for outstanding business practices and successful implementation of quality standards.         

For more information, visit truckequip.com, call 502-426-5210 or stop by either of its locations.

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