75 Years in the Making
For more than 75 years, we have been innovating products that not only enable people to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively, but also enable businesses to increase profitability.
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Henderson Manufacturing is founded
Ollie Henderson founds Henderson Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, IA to manufacture agricultural attachments and spreading equipment.
Fisher Engineering Founded
Dean L. Fisher founds Fisher Engineering to manufacture snowplows designed for Willys jeep vehicles, the iconic pre-cursors to the Jeep brand.
Douglas Seaman purchases Western Welding & Manufacturing
Douglas Seaman purchases Western Welding and Manufacturing in 1950 and officially changes the name to Western Products. At the time, the primary business was small, one-off welding jobs for large manufacturers.
Western Products begins manufacturing snowplows
As a way to diversify his business, Douglas Seaman begins manufacturing snowplows for light trucks.
Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment is founded
Pete Dejana opens a three-bay service station in Huntington, Long Island and Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment was born.
Population shifts to the suburbs
As the demand for suburban areas, light trucks, and snowplows continued to grow through the 1960s, Western Products’ sales doubled between 1961 and 1968.
Douglas Seaman creates Douglas Dynamics
The 1970s brought significant market share growth, and in 1977 Douglas Seaman creates Douglas Dynamics, which became the parent company for Western Products.
Fisher Engineering joins Douglas Dynamics
Dean Fisher sells Fisher Engineering to Douglas Dynamics, uniting the two premier brands in the snow and ice control industry.
Armco acquires Douglas Dynamics
Armco Inc. buys Douglas Dynamics, Inc., now the nation’s largest manufacturer of snowplows for four-wheel-drive pickup trucks and utility vehicles.
TrynEx International is founded
TrynEx International is established with the SnowEx® and SweepEx® brands, eventually adding the TurfEx® brand in 2009.
AK Steel Corporation merges with Armco
AK Steel acquires Armco, making it one of the largest steelmakers in the United States at the time.
Aurora and Ares purchases Douglas Dynamics from AK Steel
In April 2004, private equity firms Aurora Capital Group and Ares Private Equity Group acquire Douglas Dynamics from AK Steel.
Douglas Dynamics acquires the Blizzard Corporation
Seeing an opportunity to be part of an important advancement in the snowplow industry, Douglas Dynamics acquires the Blizzard Corporation, gaining access to industry-changing patents, including the revolutionary “adjustable-wing snowplow.”
Douglas Dynamics completes IPO
Douglas Dynamics completes an initial public offering (IPO) in May 2010 and today trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PLOW” (NYSE:PLOW).
Douglas Dynamics acquires TrynEx International
Douglas Dynamics acquires TrynEx International, adding a comprehensive line of highly regarded ice control equipment under the SnowEx brand, as well as turf application equipment (TurfEx) and industrial attachment products (SweepEx).
Douglas Dynamics expands into municipal snow & ice control market
Douglas Dynamics diversifies its offering and expands into the municipal snow and ice control market with the acquisition of Henderson Products.
Douglas Dynamics acquires Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment
Douglas Dynamics’ products are manufactured across the Midwest and Eastern seaboard and sold throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The company employs approximately 1,800 people across 21 different locations.