Trotwood Corporation was originally founded as Trotwood Trailers back in 1932 by Ray Kuntz, Warren Wagner, and Joseph Flora
Kuntz and Wagner, two schoolteachers by trade, started manufacturing trailers over their summers off work in a garage on Grand Avenue in Trotwood in the late 1920's. With some success from their endeavor, as well as their entrepreneurial spirit, they were able to purchase a former lumberyard a block away from their garage and incorporate Trotwood Trailers.
Years went by, and Trotwood Trailers grew by leaps and bounds. Success, then and now, came from Trotwood's innovative methods and its focus on quality products. Trotwood led the industry, producing some of the first side-door entry recreational vehicles as well as some of the first classic "Canned Ham" travel trailers. The production floor was streamlined so as many as a dozen trailers could be completely fabricated in a day! In turn, Trotwood Trailers was able to capture over 20% of the recreational vehicle market by 1950.
The recreational vehicle manufacturing days continued through the 1960's and 1970's with much success. Customers continued to choose Trotwood Trailers over competitors' models because of the quality and attention to detail built into every Trotwood Trailer. In fact, many of the models built over these years are still in use today! Check out some pictures here: Trotwood Trailers on Pinterest.
Unfortunately, during the 1970's, prosperity in the recreational vehicle industry quickly came to an end. The oil embargo of 1973 - 1974 resulted in high fuel prices and a crippling recession. Although Trotwood Trailers continued to manufacture recreational vehicles, there was little demand for the product. Eventually, Trotwood Corporation phased out recreational vehicle production and continued machining, fabrication, and assembly work.
With many experienced artisans and craftsmen from the Trotwood Trailer days on staff, the new Trotwood Corporation became a success. In fact, Trotwood's new customers continued to trust Trotwood engineers and craftsmen enough to ask for larger and larger jobs to be completed. The jobs became big enough that the work required was far beyond the scope Trotwood Corporation was intended to handle. A spinoff company, Stryver Manufacturing, was created to serve these customers.
Today, Trotwood Corporation specializes in machining, fabrications, and assemblies, while Stryver specializes in manufacturing robotic systems, welding fixtures, and constructing custom machines. Together the two companies can handle any job, large or small!