Carnegie Body & Top Co. - Carnegie Body - 1922-present - Cleveland, Ohio
In May of 1922, the firm, which drew its name -- originally Carnegie Body & Top Co. -- from its first location at 6115 Carnegie Avenue, began by making and installing things that trucks needed back then: bodies, tops, curtains, seat covers, windshields and more.
The firm grew there until 1958, when it moved to much larger facilities at 9500 Brookpark Road in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1987 it opened its first satellite operation in Willard, Ohio, followed by a branch in Toledo,Ohio in 1988 and another in Mt. Vernon, Ohio in 1993. In 1996 it added a new subsidiary, Safe-T-Brake, to manufacture and wholesale relined brake shoes to other distributors.
Today Carnegie Body is well known as one of Ohio's largest distributors servicing the vital transportation industry. It offers a full line of truck, trailer and bus parts as well as truck bodies, trailers and the like, and a large service department. Very few companies, notes President Howard Weisblat, have all of this, plus the technical expertise to go with it.
The company stresses quality in everything it sells and in the services it performs, "The transportation industry has become incredibly complex and very high tech," says Weisblat. "We have made it our mission to stay abreast and ahead of developments in the field, and we've been careful to hire technicians and other specialists who can handle that complexity and know-how to do things right."
In fact, Carnegie Body is looked to by other professionals in the field for direction and expertise. The company holds seminars on new equipment, brakes and other operating systems for truck fleet technicians and city, county and state officials.
In addition to selling parts and equipment made by many of the top companies in the transportation industry, the company offers a tremendous range of service work.
That includes complete collision rebuilding and painting; brake, spring and suspension repairs: frame straightening; front end alignments; on-vehicle wheel balancing; all vehicles federal inspections, snow plow repairs; engine tune-ups; fabricating aluminum and fiberglass bodies. rebuilding steering gear boxes; installing wet lines and lift axles - in short, doing whatever it takes to set things right.
Equipment and parts come from dozens of sources: Benson. Obeco, Thieman, Western Snow Plow, Utilimaster, U.S. Trailer, Abex. Bendix, CR, Euclid, Firestone, Holland, Midland, Rockwell, Stemco, Timken, Truck-Lite, Wagner and more.
"With parts and equipment from more than a hundred manufacturers and a service staff that is as competent as any in the industry, there is virtually no job involving trucks, trailers and other mobile equipment that we can't handle," says Weisblat.
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