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Custom Truck Body Manufacturer Dakota Bodies acquired by ATW


Watertown, SD (December 1, 2020) — Dakota Bodies announced that they have been acquired by ATW Truck Equipment, a newly formed business unit of ATW®, based in Richardson, TX. ATW® is the largest and most diversified manufacturer of professional and consumer-grade trailers, parts, and accessories in North America.


Dakota Bodies was founded in 1997 in Watertown, SD and has grown to be one of the industry’s top manufacturers of service and utility truck bodies. The company is one of Watertown’s top employers and currently manufactures out of its state-of-the-art production facilities in Watertown, SD, and Liberty, MO, while enjoying a reputation for exceptional quality and quick turnaround times. “Joining forces with ATW affords us the resources and expertise to further grow what we’ve built at Dakota Bodies. We’re excited about the partnership and the many opportunities it presents,” said Jeff Orthaus, CEO of Dakota Bodies. 


For several years, Dakota Bodies has partnered with ATW and its truck bed manufacturer, CM Truck Beds.“By bringing them into the ATW portfolio, we can more effectively combine their experience and technology with ATW’s scalability and commercial expertise,” said Steve Courreges, President of ATW Truck Equipment.


Dakota Bodies joins CM Truck Beds® under the leadership of Courreges, as ATW continues to gain attention as they increase their reach and reputation for engineering and manufacturing of truck equipment. 


Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.




About ATW:


Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, ATW® is the most diversified manufacturer and largest retailer and distributor of professional-grade and consumer-grade trailers, truck equipment, parts and accessories in North America. With a high-quality portfolio of trailers, truck equipment and related parts to serve the needs of builders, sellers, and end users; ATW focuses on providing innovative hauling solutions for the road ahead. ATW’s portfolio of companies includes Big Tex Trailers®, CM Truck Beds®, PJ Trailers®, Carry-On Trailer, BWise Trailers®, and RC Trailers®, as well as TexTrail Trailer Parts® and the Big Tex Trailer World family of retail stores. For more information, visit