A HISTORY OF DOUGLAS DYNAMICS, L.L.C.
Douglas Dynamics, L.L.C. produces FISHER®, WESTERN® and SnowEx® snow and ice control products, TurfEx® turf application products, and SweepEx® industrial attachment products.
These products are manufactured in Rockland, ME, Milwaukee, WI, and Madison Heights, MI, and are used throughout North America and in many parts of Europe and China.
Fisher Engineering was founded in Rockland, ME in 1948 to manufacture snowplows designed to fit Willy’s Jeep vehicles – the only small four-wheel-drive trucks available at the time.
Western Products began in the early ‘50s as a small welding shop in Milwaukee known as Western Welding and Manufacturing. The first product developed by the company was a line of snowplows for Jeeps and small trucks. In 1968 the company incorporated as Douglas Dynamics and in 1984 it purchased Fisher Engineering.
Recognized for its innovative technology, exceptional versatility and productivity, the Blizzard snowplow line quickly developed a loyal following. It was acquired by Douglas Dynamics in 2005.
With roots dating back to 1977, TrynEx® International developed a comprehensive line of highly-regarded SnowEx ice control equipment, TurfEx turf application equipment and SweepEx industrial attachment products. In 2013 TrynEx was acquired by Douglas Dynamics.
In 2014, Henderson Products, Inc. was acquired by Douglas Dynamics. Henderson Products, Inc. is the leading North American manufacturer of customized, turnkey snow and ice control solutions for heavy duty trucks focused on state DOT's, counties, and municipalities.
In July of 2016, Douglas Dynamics acquired Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment. A strong brand in the truck equipment industry over the past 59 years, Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment has grown to become the premier upfitter of commercial work vehicles in the Eastern U.S., as well as a leading specialized manufacturer of storage solutions for trucks and vans and cable pulling equipment.
Ownership of Douglas Dynamics changed hands several times until 1991 when the company was purchased by Armco, Inc., a large specialty steel company. In 2004, Douglas Dynamics, L.L.C. was sold to an investment group led by Aurora Capital Group and in 2010 the Company went public.