Overview

Founder Bill Manning started Manning Enterprises in 1954. Since then Manning has experienced increased growth and assured excellence. Manning Enterprises, Inc. has developed into four major entities; Manning Equipment, Inc., Manning Truck Modification, Inc., Dealers Truck Equipment Inc. and most recently Manning Light Truck Equipment, LLC. Manning’s dedicated and experienced sales and support staffs assure that the needs of our customers are fully met. We offer separate fleet, leasing, government and local sales staffs to guarantee quality with specialized services and support. We furnish the highest quality best engineered and professionally installed equipment in the industry both locally and nationally.

In 1958 Manning established the first “ship-thru” program to further accommodate our national fleet customers. The ship-thru solution is an arrangement between Manning and the (OEM) Ford Motor Company. This arrangement is a “one stop shop” approach offering complete products, uniform installation and prompt truck delivery to meet all your company’s needs. In 1965 Manning introduced the first Modification Center. The Modification Center concept was designed to give customers additional vehicle options that were not available directly from the factory.

Manning was also the first to receive many prestigious industry awards. They were the first to earn the Ford Q1 and the first and only to qualify under the federal government’s QAMA award of self-inspection. Manning was the first in the industry to achieve the Ford MVE award. This award proves Manning meets all the strict quality, design, manufacturing and modification guidelines set by Ford.

1952
Manning Truck Trailer started on Fourth Street in the Louisville Transit Building. Harry Truman was President
1955
Manning Equipment Inc. moved to Bishop Lane. MacDonald’s opened its first restaurant. Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President.
1958
Manning Equipment does frame reinforcements for Ford. Start of association with Ford Motor Company
1959
Manning installs dump bodies and equips tractors for Ford. Trucks going to little known southeast Asian country, Vietnam. Alaska becomes our 49th state and Hawaii becomes our 50th state.
1964
Manning equips Ford LT-9000’s with dump bodies and an arctic engine package to be used in the clean up after the Alaskan earthquake. Lyndon B. Johnson was president.
1965
Manning Truck Modification began on Fern Valley Road across from the Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) continuing the association with Ford and developing associations with many Ford heavy truck dealers.
1970
Manning converts Ford F-800s to $X$ for work on the Alaskan pipeline. Richard Nixon is President. The EPA is created by Congress.
1972
A Manning Equipment shop is built on the same site as the Mod Center facility adjacent to the Kentucky Truck Plant. Manning Equipment, a separate entity from Manning Truck Modification, supplies equipment not available through the modification center. 10,000 sq. ft. of production space is added. “All in the Family” premiers on television.
1978
Warehouses are built adding 19,300 sq. ft. of storage space for equipment and parts. Volkswagen stops producing the Beetle, not to be manufactured again until 1998.
1981
Manning opens a Ranger up fit facility near Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant with 13,000 sq. ft. of production space. Ronald Reagan is elected President. IBM sells its first PC. MS-DOS is developed by Bill Gates’ Microsoft.
1984
Manning builds a shop on Collins Lane near KTP with 41,500 sq. ft. of production space. Ronald Reagan wins re-election as President. Apple Computer releases the Macintosh personal computer.
1985
Manning becomes the exclusive supplier of truck bodies and other equipment for (GSA) General Services Administration purchased trucks. Aerodynamic farings installed on “L” Series Cabs.
1987
Ford “F” Series converted to “Hot Shot” unit with installation of sleeper cabs. “LTL” sleeper program implemented.
1988
Manning converts Ford “F” Series to 4-door crew cab. Vice President George Bush wins the presidential election.
1990
In January, Manning moves into expanded corporate office that more than doubles its size. In July, the last Ford “C” Series Model, in production for some 35 years and a respected workhorse, leaves Manning Equipment. Operation Desert Shield begins in the Persian Gulf; Space shuttle Discovery is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida; East and West Germany are united as one country for the first time since World War II.
1991
Manning Equipment introduces its “F” Series Crew Cab conversions. Operation Desert Storm begins February 24th; the USSR ends and the Communist party are stripped of power.
1990
In January, Manning moves into expanded corporate office that more than doubles its size. In July, the last Ford “C” Series Model, in production for some 35 years and a respected workhorse, leaves Manning Equipment. Operation Desert Shield begins in the Persian Gulf; Space shuttle Discovery is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida; East and West Germany are united as one country for the first time since World War II.
1991
Manning Equipment introduces its “F” Series Crew Cab conversions. Operation Desert Storm begins February 24th; the USSR ends and the Communist party are stripped of power.
1992
Manning is the first assembly/modification plant to receive Ford’s prestigious Q1 Award, one of the most coveted awards in the automotive industry. People begin exploring the online world by “surfing the net”; Bill Clinton is elected President.
1994
Manning Equipment is the first company to achieve Ford’s MVE ‘fully-meets” status. MVE is a set of Ford guidelines to be followed by all qualified ship-thru companies. The movie Forrest Gump wins the Best Picture Oscar.
1995
Manning Equipment celebrates 40 years in business. The Federal Building in Oklahoma City is bombed by Timothy McVeigh; NASA spacecraft rendezvous with the Russian Space Station Mir; the Atlanta Braves win the World Series.
1996
In August, J. William Manning, our founder, celebrates 50 years in the truck equipment business. In October, manning Equipment went of the information super highway with www.truckequip.com.
1997
In August, the last of the Ford GRGO CF chassis left Manning’s shop. Ford Heavy Truck leaves Louisville and is replaced with the Super Duty” product. Manning is awarded Ford Light truck Ship-Thru. This allows Manning to re-enter up fitting Super Duty trucks into the Ford freight system. NASA probe Pathfinder lands on Mars, the 4th planet from the Sun; Hong Kong is returned to the Chinese.
1998
Ford Motor Company awards Manning Equipment a new Ford commercial truck chassis pool. It includes all Super Duty, F-250 through F-550 and F-800 cab chassis.
1999
Manning is awarded a new light duty F150 and F250 ship-thru by Ford Motor Company. The Ford Ranger production at LAP leaves Louisville to make room for the expanded Explorer production. Manning builds a new paint facility that will provide increased capacity to up to 50 bodies per day. Manning is awarded a Ford Fleet Bailment Pool.
2000
Manning launches www.e-manning.com. This web-based ordering system allows dealers to request quotes, place orders, and track status online 24/7. The World Trade Center is attacked by terrorists killing 3,000 people; George W. Bush is elected President.

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