Redi Haul marking 50 years in business

17 Aug 2019

FAIRMONT — Fifty years in business is no small accomplishment, and Redi Haul Trailers, Inc. of Fairmont is marking just such an occasion.

First known as Fairmont Steel Products, Inc., the company was founded in 1969 by Clayton Leach, and is now owned and operated by his son, Duane.

According to information provided by Duane, the company first manufactured aircraft tow bars, concrete forms used in pouring concrete for sidewalks, steps and bridges, tractor cabs, and job shop metal fabrication, all in an 8,400-square-foot building.

Later, in 1973, the company introduced a Gooseneck Grain Trailer to the agricultural market under the trade name of Redi Haul. That trailer would be the primary product of the company until 1978.

Duane shares memories of growing up and seeing his father run the company.

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