Hercules Boasts a Rich History of Transportation Excellence
Following is a timeline for the Hercules transformation in transportation:
1902 - Hercules is founded as a buggy manufacturer in Evansville IN
1912 - Hercules builds its first truck body
1921 - Worlds largest buggy company – 84,000 buggies per year built
1925-35 - Better Business Bodies built for Ford, Chevrolet, Studebaker and Durant
1930 - First mechanically refrigerated transport body built by Hercules
1957 - George Caddick becomes partner at Hercules
1961 - Hercules pioneers urethane insulation in truck body production
1972 - Hercules builds first rental reefer body used by Ryder
1980 - Hercules becomes self-sufficient in parts fabrication
1982 - Hercules builds its first frameless trailer for Sysco
1988 - Hercules moves to current plant location, begins dry freight body production
1991 - Hercules introduces aerodynamic 8” radius front
1994 - Hercules pioneers high pressure foam insulation in industry
2000 - Jeffrey Caddick (George’s son) assumes ownership of Hercules
2004 – Hercules introduces Vantastic door
2007 - Co-developed auto-sequential defrost system w/ Dole Mfg and Emerson
2012 - Pioneered online service manuals for 24/7 access by valued customers
The following links about the rich history of Hercules will open in a new browser window.
Brighton Buggy Co 1894-1902 – Cincinnati, Ohio.
This site is a site for collectors to exchanging knowledge about Hercules built engines.
Hercules-Campbell Body Co. 1927-1957 - Tarrytown, New York -
1939-1957 - Waterloo, New York
Woodie Builders, Campbell - Waterloo's Legendary Wooden Body Company
Woodie Trucks- by Tom Brownell, Editor-at-large, This Old Truck™ magazine
A little history of Hercules/Economy Gas Engine Wrenches
Hercules Truck & Van Body Manufacturers Provide Durability, Value, Flexibility, Safety, & Temperature Management for Your Truck and/or Fleet.