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Rugby Manufacturing

Rugby Manufacturing is a leading producer of high-quality, innovative, and reliable truck bodies and hoists. Founded in 1969, Rugby Mfg. has been proudly building truck equipment in North Dakota for over five decades. Built to perform, every Rugby body and hoist is backed by a 3-year warranty. Find out why Rugby is the country’s leading designer and manufacturer of class 3-7 dump truck bodies, platforms, trailer hoists and more.

Our History

Rugby was founded in Rugby, ND in 1969. Since then, we have grown from a small agricultural equipment manufacturer to a cutting-edge truck equipment expert, offering a wide array of superior products nationwide, through a robust network of distributors.

Rugby Timeline


Rugby Mfg. was founded in 1969 in Rugby, ND, by Gerhard (Jerry) Socha, a German immigrant turned American success story. Based out of a 4,800  ft2 production facility, our initial product lines were a variety of agricultural products.


In 1974, Rugby Mfg. expanded our facility to 57,000  ft2, which allowed us to begin producing commercial products, dump truck beds and hoists, a few years later.


In the 1980s, Rugby began designing hoists specifically for trailer applications. Rugby’s pioneering helped set industry safety standards and guidelines for trailer hoists.

1990s & 2000s

Over the years, Rugby has continued to develop our products. We lead the market in testing and have developed a program to ensure each product is extensively tested to maintain our high quality standards.


Rugby Mfg. was acquired by Truck Bodies and Equipment International Inc., becoming a part of the TBEI family of dump body brands.


Rugby Mfg. quality processes were certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards.


Federal Signal Corporation (FSS) purchased TBEI, including Rugby Mfg.


Our quality processes were re-certified to ISO 9001:2015 standards.


We completed a 45,000 sq. foot facility expansion project. The project included an improved paint process and additional automated manufacturing technology.


Today, our facility is 195,000 sqft, and we serve as the industry leader for Class 3-5 dump beds, platforms, truck hoists and trailer hoists. All of our products are backed by our 3-year warranty!

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