At B&W Trailer Hitches, we stand for the future of American manufacturing. The US has lost 1.9 million manufacturing jobs to China alone over the last decade.1 "Made in America" can succeed, but only if we rely on the priciples 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 over 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 350+ 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 Institute, Briefing Paper #323. Washington, D.C.: EPI.
“Made in America” means more today than ever before. It’s a promise about quality and dependability, not a compromise.
When it comes to your trailer hitch, it’s important you get that kind of promise. A guarantee. A hitch you can rely on.
We don’t compromise and neither should you. That’s why we offer a lifetime warranty on all of our products, and commit ourselves to purchasing only U.S.-made steel that is shaped into safe and durable American products.
In manufacturing, cutting costs inevitably leads to cutting corners. And low-grade steel unquestionably makes for a low-grade product. Our materials and labor don’t come with a compromise, and they certainly aren’t exportable to the lowest bidder.
It’s not just a goal we’ve set for ourselves, it’s our guarantee. A guarantee B&W has kept now for over 25 years. And it’s the reason we take such pride in hiring American workers and keeping jobs here in the U.S.
Our trailer hitches are made of steel from the American Heartland, forged in mills whose processes and specifications we know we can trust. There isn’t a materials middleman. We have personally visited each of these sites, observing every phase of production from start to finish to ensure the materials we receive will turn into a quality finished product.
When you’re on the road, you need to have that kind of trust in your hitch. You need to know when you’re hooking up your RV for a family vacation, transporting your prized livestock, or pulling an expensive piece of commercial or farm equipment that it won’t let you down. B&W’s trailer hitches do just that. They keep you focused on what’s ahead so you never have to worry about what’s behind you.
After nearly 30 years in business, we’ve grown to employ over 350 American workers because of people like you; people who understand the difference between superior and second-rate. We don’t underestimate your loyalty to our American made products, and for this reason we’ve stayed focused on the principles that got us started: Promises of quality, safety and customer service you can trust.
Our success is absolutely tied to this trust. And we won’t let you down.