Company History

During our transformation from a small body works shop in 1955 to a major national provider of commercial truck bodies, one thing has remained constant: our dedication to manufacturing the best vocational work truck bodies on the market and continually refining them to meet the needs of our customers. Every Reading truck body bears the mark of that history. It reflects decades of thoughtful refinement and inspired innovation. It reflects the strength and durability of quality American manufacturing craftsmanship. It reflects the experience and expertise from employees who take pride in the Reading name. And it reflects years of listening to truck equipment distributors, contractors and fleet managers like you to create the truck bodies you envision and the performance you expect.


1955

Reading Body Works is Established

1955

The Company is established as Reading Body Works, Inc. by Mr. Irving Suknow to make truck bodies for contracting industries, giving them an organized method of storing tools, equipment and inventory while increasing efficiency on the job.

1958

Model 108A Service Body Adapted

1958

The model 108A service body is adapted to serve as a service station maintenance “shop on wheels.”

1959

A New Line of Utility Bodies

1959

Reading unveils a new line of utility bodies designed to fit the lower profile of the 1960 Ford chassis.

1960

Meet "Ready" the Reading Kangaroo

1960

Reading introduces the mascot “Ready” the Reading kangaroo and the slogan “Don’t Pile It – File It” to market the concept of organized mobile storage.

1962

Reading Customizes Dairy Trucks

1962

New Reading utility and panel bodies customized for the dairy industry are added to the Reading product lineup.

1964

Mobile Maintenance Truck Body Designed

1964

A new Reading mobile maintenance truck body is designed for servicing road construction equipment.

1966

Sliding Steel Top Announced

1966

Reading announces a new sliding steel top design that provides enhanced safety and performance.

1970

Saddle-Mate Introduced

1970

Reading introduces the “Saddle-Mate” tool and parts carrier.

1973

New Line of Service Bodies

1973

A new line of Reading service bodies and accessories is developed for Ford Courier, Chevy Luv, Datsun and Toyota half-ton trucks.

1976

Space Cap 98+8 Introduced

1976

Reading introduces the Space Cap 98+8, a taller version of its all-steel Space Cap.

1977

Mini-Pumper Developed

1977

Reading develops a custom mini-pumper service body for municipal fire and rescue departments.

1979

Cranemaster Introduced

1979

The Reading Cranemaster body is introduced.

1981

All-Aluminum Body Debuts

1981

Reading develops the first all-aluminum truck body in the industry and tests it in adverse northern climate conditions.

1986

Ready-Vans Added to Railroad Fleet

1986

Railroad adds Ready-Vans to its fleet to save time on signal maintenance.

1988

E-Coat Priming System Developed

1988

The Reading team develops its exclusive full-body immersion E-Coat priming system.

1995

First Keyless Locking System

1995

Innovative thinking at Reading brings the first keyless locking system to the work truck market. It locks and unlocks compartment doors by remote from up to 25 feet away. This market changing innovation continues to be refined today.

2000

Reading Introduces Powder Coat Finish

2000

Reading becomes the first to offer full-body polyester powder coat finish, providing a smooth and durable finish that offers progressive corrosion resistance.

2003

We Become Reading Truck Body

2003

Reading Body Works, Inc. becomes Reading Truck Body, Inc., continuing to sell its products through a network of independent distributors. The company also acquires Crest Truck Equipment and its five locations and establishes Reading Equipment & Distribution, Inc. as its company-owned distribution arm.

2006

A Reading Re-Alignment

2006

LLR Partners purchases Reading Truck Body and establishes The Reading Group, LLC (TRG) as the organization over its manufacturing and distribution companies. TRG also establishes Reading Fleet Services as a provider of complete product and logistics solutions to commercial fleets and major leasing companies, using TRG facilities with Ship-thru capabilities for OEM chassis manufacturers.

Also in 2006, Reading Truck Body introduces its patented hidden hinge technology, improving maintenance requirements, aesthetics and corrosion resistance.

2008

Go Green Initiative Launched

2008

TRG launches the Go Green Initiative, offering aluminum as a standard offering for many of its truck bodies to lower vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency while maintaining strict durability standards. They introduce a 10-year corrosive and structural warranty on aluminum bodies.

2008

Reading Group Purchases ABC

2008

The Reading Group purchases America’s Body Company (ABC) and begins to manufacture Rugged American brand aluminum, fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) dry freight bodies, Rugged American landscape and contractor bodies and Marauder dump bodies.

2009

Award Winning Innovations

2009

Reading is awarded the inaugural Work Truck “Green” Award and the Editors’ Choice Award for new product innovations in its aluminum work truck offerings.

2011

Welcome Brian Nadel

2011

Brian Nadel joins Reading Truck Body as President and CEO.

2012

More Re-Alignment

2012

Under CEO Brian Nadel’s leadership,The Reading Group is realigned into three distinct business units: truck bodies, van bodies and distribution operations.

2012

A Renewed Focus

2012

Reading divests van body operations for a renewed focus on core product and value-added service offerings supported by the “Welcome Back/Tailgate” campaign.

2013

Reading Consolidates Locations

2013

Company-owned distribution operations are consolidated into six locations to better serve a growing national customer base.

2013

Reading Group Partners w/ Monroe Truck

2013

The Reading Group and Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc. announce a strategic partnership to strengthen distribution coverage and improve customer service in the Midwest region.

2014

Landscaper SL Introduced

2014

Reading Truck Body launches the all-new Landscaper SL for the nursery and landscaping industries.

2014

Reading Adapts To New Markets

2014

With the new euro-style van market hitting the US strong, Reading adapts its successful Aluminum Classic Service Van (CSV) to work with the new Ford Transit and RAM ProMaster cutaway chassis.

2014

RAM Chassis Pool Added in Ohio

2014

Reading Truck Body adds a RAM chassis pool to its Columbus, OH, location and expands its footprint with the new corporate offices adjacent to the plant.

We look forward to continued growth as we work to make Reading Truck Body the premier manufacturer of quality vocational work trucks.