Our History

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.

Henderson Manufacturing is founded
Old Henderson truck

Ollie Henderson founds Henderson Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, IA to manufacture agricultural attachments and spreading equipment.

Fisher Engineering Founded
Fisher plow in front of the original Fisher location

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
Old photo of Douglas Motor Corp

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
Old Western plow

As a way to diversify his business, Douglas Seaman begins manufacturing snowplows for light trucks.

Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment is founded
Flying Service

Pete Dejana opens a three-bay service station in Huntington, Long Island and Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment was born.

Population shifts to the suburbs
An aerial view of snowy streets

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
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
Man standing in manufacturing facility

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 logo

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
A truck with a Snowex spreader

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 logo

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
Aurora Capital Partner and Ares logo

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
Plow at ski resort

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
Group of people at the stock market

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
SnowEx spreader on a truck

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
Fleet of Henderson snowplows

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
Dejana truck

Douglas Dynamics purchases Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment as part of the strategy to diversify its business outside of snow and ice control.

Fisher plow on a truck

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.