BENLEE has its roots going back more than 50 years, when Bill Wolok began working in the Scrap Industry. He later had a fleet of trucks including roll off trailers and had 25 to 30 trucks in operation at any one time. Soon, inquiries came in from scrap and waste businesses in need of truck and trailer parts, used rolloff trailers and trucks and various other equipment. Each time a new need became apparent, Wolok found a way to meet it. By the 70's roll off trailers and rolloff trucks were becoming popular, so Wolok became involved in the distribution end of a friend's rollon/rolloff business. About a year into that endeavor, Wolok said to his friend, "I've got more orders than you can build in the next year." That's when the blueprints were handed to Wolok, and the business built its first rolloff in 1974.
At first, Wolok found fabricators to make roll-offs for BENLEE, but it became apparent that quality control would be significantly better if Wolok took full control of fabrication and assembly. In order to do that, BENLEE opened a Roll off and Dump Trailer and Truck manufacturing facility in Romulus (near Detroit), Michigan, very close to major Interstates I-75 and I-94, where quality is now monitored up close. BENLEE sits on 12 acres and has about 32,000 square feet of facilities that house manufacturing, 5 Service bays, 2 Frame Straightening bays, a Spare parts business, as well as a Rental operation. In-house manufacturing was the most important turn for BENLEE because it brought together a highly experienced crew of trailer and truck experts that Design, build, service and support the Best RollOffs (Trailers & Trucks), Dump Trucks and Trailers, as well as Crushed Car Trailers and other specialty vehicles.
As 2005 rolled around and Wolok became 75 years old, he met Greg Brown, a veteran of the Automotive industry, dealing with the highest quality companies supplying vehicle parts and equipment to assemble vehicles. His customers were not only the "Big Three", but other companies also known for quality such as Toyota and Mercedes. As Brown says "Bill and I hit it off right away. Bill's drive for customer responsiveness and delivering the best quality product possible is the way I was trained while working at companies like GE and Honeywell. As someone once said, I liked the company so much, I bought it". Brown continues with, "Our focus remains on the customer and how we can improve their profitability by developing new products and services that surpass their needs. It is about keeping our customer's costs down and improving their Uptime".
BENLEE is one company that needs few words to further their proven quality track record. In fact, as an example they were chosen to build eighteen specially equipped trailers to assist in an eight-year government clean-up project. Although they were not the cheapest in the line of bids, their reputation spoke for them. Those eighteen units were shipped 2,400 miles to the site. Along with their U.S. customers, BENLEE trailers also reach Thailand, South Africa, Middle East, Puerto Rico and South America. Because the demand is always increasing, they now have entered into the rental business for Roll off trailers. Rent Roll Offs from Benlee or their partner Premier. Wolok also moved quickly to support his customers when a Federal Law began, requiring increased containment of crushed cars, as they travel the highways. The team developed a Crushed Car Trailer, with either gates or a BENLEE Patented Tarp system that is now being made by Mountain Tarp.
Besides offering quality trailers, custom designs, taking trade-ins, and providing rental roll-off trailers, BENLEE takes customer satisfaction one step further. Most of their customers are 'truckers'; however, when someone does not know much about operating one of these vehicles, BENLEE offers training. BENLEE will personally train individuals or groups. Training videos are also available. Doughty says, "We want to make sure their drivers have the proper training. You buy a new unit, you get training."
Wolok remains a key member of the team and together Wolok and Brown are bringing the company to new levels of Customer Service and Productivity. Lastly, through smart engineering and customer input they are creating product enhancements bringing even more value to their customers. BENLEE is a Growth and Value story supporting thousands of units built over the past 30 years and looking forward to the next 30 years.