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U.S. Truck and Trailer Industry Outlook & Key Statistics

Posted by IndustrySelect on Monday, August 12, 2019



The truck and trailer industry in the United States has been steadily growing in recent years, with the revenues of the 14,483 truck dealers forecast to be $100 billion in 2018, topping off a five-year growth rate of 4.4%.

That growth was encouraged largely by macroeconomic trends that made downstream markets for trucks and trailers in the U.S. increasingly viable.

What's the outlook for the truck and trailer manufacturing industry in 2019?

Let's take a look, along with examining the largest and fastest-growing companies in the industry.

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A 2019 Overview

The general consensus among analysts is that the truck and trailer manufacturing industry will maintain its momentum through 2019.

The 472-company industry is forecast to earn $12 billion in 2019, reflecting a five-year growth rate of 3.7%. According to a major analyst, 2019 iis poised to be "the best year since 2006."

There is, however, a possibility that the U.S.-China trade war could have a negative impact on the truck and trailer industry in 2019, decreasing the profitability of the truck and trailer industry in 2019.

According to that analyst, "trade wars are like shooting yourself in the head," and the U.S. tariffs on China may lead to increased trucker rates and reduced demand by buyers.

The Largest Truck and Trailer Companies in 2019

According to MNI, publisher and compiler of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect, these are the largest truck and trailer companies in 2019, ranked by number of employees on site:

1. Ford Motor Company, has 8,000 employees at its Louisville location. Ford is well-known for its heavy-duty trucks.
2. General Motors Co., 4,600 employees at its Wentzville, Ohio location. General Motors is known for its automotive assembly lines.
3. FCA U.S., 4,267 employees at its Warren, Mich., location. FCA is recognized for its automotive stampings.
4. Volvo Trucks North America, 3,500 employees at its Dublin, Va., location. Volvo makes high-quality, heavy-duty trucks.
5. Crown Equipment Corp., has 3,000 employees at its New Bremen, Ohio plant. Crown is known for manufacturing high-quality forklifts.

The Five Fastest-Growing Truck and Trailer Companies in 2019

The following are the five fastest-growing trucking and trailer companies in 2019, ranked by number of employees on site:

1. Volvo Trucks North America, 3,000.
2. Daimler Trucks North America, LLC., has 2,200 employees at its Cleveland, N.C., location. Daimler is known for its high-quality truck bodies.
3. Newmar Corp., 1,100 employees at its Nappanee, Ind., location. Newmar is known for manufacturing recreational vehicles and trucks.
4. Cottrell, Inc., 1,000 employees at its Gainesville, Ga., location. Cottrell is known for its excellent trailers.
5. Supreme Wabash National Co., has 650 employees at its Jonestown, Pa., location. Wabash is known for high-quality truck bodies.

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