Talbert Construction Equipment Co. was founded in 1938 by Austin Talbert in Lyons, Ill. to provide crane and construction machinery rental and heavy haul transport in the Chicago area.
In 1957 a new plant was built in Rensselaer, Ind. devoted to specialty trailer manufacturing. Ultimately, the facility in Lyons was closed as Mr. Talbert and his team focused on production of trailers in Indiana.
Talbert quickly became known for innovation. Ground breaking new ideas were introduced including:
Several of these innovations were patented, and remain in use today.