DALLAS — After his wife backed over the poly garbage can and it bounced back into shape, Dick Kruckeberg had the idea of making a truck fender out of similar material.
“There had to be a better way” than truck fenders taking a beating and repeatedly having to be replaced, the founder of Minimizer said here at the Great American Trucking Show.
Family owned since 1984, the Blooming Prairie, Minn.-based company introduced a new product to their line-up at the show, a blindly shiny poly chrome fender. They’re made out of a thermal poly composite material similar to Rubbermaid or Tupperware in strength, said Craig Kruckeberg, Dick’s son, the company’s CEO who is carrying on the business with the help of his sons Tyler and Trevor.
The new poly chrome fenders weigh 22 pounds a side or a total of 44 pounds per truck.
It has been four years in the making and was developed in response to customers, who are “our driving factors; they have great ideas,” said Craig Kruckeberg.
The company also is in the process of making fenders for some Oshkosh military vehicles.
Other product offerings in the Minimizer line include poly fenders for single axles; tandem axles; multiple axles; half fenders; construction and utility fenders; tanker fenders; quarter fenders and various fender options. They also make tool boxes, accessories such as mud flaps, steerable axle brackets and LED lights and lift axle brackets.
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