For 75 years, Ledwell has continued its legacy of excellence with an expansion of services, an eye for quality, and dedicated customer service. As our customers’ needs grow and evolve, Ledwell’s innovation and product offerings.
You’ll find those developments on this timeline along with some fun facts about Ledwell, including its stint as a film distribution company in the ‘70s.
1946 Buddy Ledwell and his father start Ledwell & Son, a lumber hauling company.
1950 Ledwell shifts to building pick-up racks.
1955 Ledwell begins manufacturing dump trucks.
1955 Buddy incorporates Ledwell & Son. Moves to his new shop at the corner of Waco Street and Robison Road in Texarkana.
1957 Ledwell sells its first feed body and delivers it 100 miles away.
1966 Ledwell becomes a Bobcat dealer.
1971 Ledwell builds satellite antenna that is shipped in sections to South America.
1972 – 1975 Ledwell Film Distribution releases Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), Bootleggers (1974), and Winter Hawk (1975).
1976 Ledwell constructs first HydraTail Trailer.
1977 Ledwell builds first set of water trucks.
1980 Ledwell buys its first Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine, a significant step for in-house parts production.
1986 Ledwell celebrates four decades of innovations and relationships.
1990 Ledwell expands and modernizes machine shop, allowing for increased production and ability.
1999 Ledwell expands its international presence with more products going into Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
2008 Ledwell opens office in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to serve customers in the area.
2009 Ledwell Machinery opens, providing Bobcat, Toro, and Stihl equipment to the Texarkana area.
2009 Ledwell partners with First Response Team of America.
2010 Ledwell enters the vacuum truck industry.
2012 Ledwell Office opens.
2013 Ledwell builds its first TMA Crash Truck.
2016 Ledwell manufactures patented Gull Wing.
2017 Ledwell adds powder coating facility.
2019 Ledwell designs and builds first TrakVac.
2019 Ledwell installs first robot welder.
2019 Ledwell manufactures patent-pending HydraTilt Truck.
2020 Ledwell manufactures patent-pending MaxTilt Trailer.
2020 Ledwell receives Innovation Award for Solar Lift Loading Ramp.
2021 Ledwell celebrates turning 75!