B&W Trailer Hitches

B&W Trailer Hitches, we stand for the future of American manufacturing. The U.S. has lost 1.9 million manufacturing jobs to China alone over the last decade.¹ “Made in the USA” can succeed, but only if we rely on the principles that work in our own neighborhoods. We grow by earning trust and improving customer value, not by cutting costs. We treat each other as family, not as “labor” exportable to the lowest bidder. We let people use cutting-edge technology to make things safer, easier, and higher quality, rather than let technology use us. We respond to customers and changing markets by being right-sized and flexible, not just bigger.

Company details

1216 Hawaii Road P.O. Box 186 , Humboldt , Kansas 66748 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

At B&W Trailer Hitches, we stand for the future of American manufacturing. The U.S. has lost 1.9 million manufacturing jobs to China alone over the last decade.¹ “Made in the USA” can succeed, but only if we rely on the principles that work in our own neighborhoods. We grow by earning trust and improving customer value, not by cutting costs. We treat each other as family, not as “labor” exportable to the lowest bidder. We let people use cutting-edge technology to make things safer, easier, and higher quality, rather than let technology use us. We respond to customers and changing markets by being right-sized and flexible, not just bigger.

That’s why B&W Trailer Hitches is still in Humboldt, Kansas, a half-mile from the garage where Roger Baker and Joe Works changed the towing industry with the first Turnoverball™ gooseneck hitch 25 years ago. We enjoy being able to get the brightest talent in the industry around a single table within five minutes. Above all, we love being employee-owned, spreading responsibility for innovation and quality across all 200+ of us, but also spreading the rewards of success across the community.

Focus on bottom-line profits, and they will come at a price. American manufacturing has suffered from focusing on the wrong “bottom-line”. We stand—with our neighbors—for a deeper bottom-line.

¹Scott, Robert E. September 20, 2011. Growing U.S. trade deficit with China cost 2.8 million jobs between 2001 and 2010. Economic Policy Instutute, Briefing Paper #323.  Washington, D.C.: EPI.

B&W was formed in 1987, in a small garage in Humboldt, Kansas by Roger Baker and Joe Works.  Roger had seen declining demand for his skills as a classic car restorer and Joe had fallen on hard times with the family farm. Together, they started B&W Custom Truck Beds, Inc. with the goal of building the highest quality truck beds on the market. The truck beds proved exceptional, with the custom headache racks, toolboxes, matched paint, and hand pin striping. Business grew quickly as word spread about the quality and good looks of B&W's quality beds.  

Roger and Joe understood that having a gooseneck ball permanently mounted in the bed of a truck is a huge inconvenience.

At that time, in 1988, the best option for getting rid of the gooseneck ball was a large plate with a ball that folded down. This option required a huge hole in the bed, and installation was cumbersome. Together, Joe and Roger designed a hitch with a ball that could be pulled out, turned over, and stowed beneath the bed. The mounting framework they designed bolted to the truck frame and required no welding, drilling, or bed removal to install. This new hitch, the Turnoverball, revolutionized the gooseneck hitch industry, as this type of ball storage and mounting system is used by nearly every gooseneck hitch manufacturer today.

B&W grows, new products are designed and brought to market, but quality remains the number one concern.

Joe Works, now the sole owner and President of B&W, remains involved in the continuous design and improvement of innovative hitch solutions, including fifth-wheel, and receiver hitches. 'Nearly twenty years after we started this business, our mission hasn't really changed. We believe in building innovative, high quality products that meet the needs of real users. We don't want to get so big that we forget our roots,' says Joe.  

Strong, consistent, and trusted, B&W's products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility that houses a skilled workforce of craftsmen and the most technologically advanced equipment available.  B&W has become an industry leader that customers seek out for quality and respect for superior customer care.