Note: This feature is in the April TT&C 2009 issue.
LeFebvre Companies began in 1928 as a local trucking company that transported livestock and milk from the Elk River, Minn., area. Noel LeFebvre was its founding father.
Throughout the years, Noel's business continued to grow and expend. As Noel's sons got older, all four: Leon, Gene, Eddie and John become involved in the operation. Over the year, as the customer base broadened, they looked for ways to simplify their operation and expand its potential.
During the course of the earlier years, the LeFebvres began to haul products for a young company based in town, Elk River Concrete Products. In 1961 LeFebvre & Sons, Inc. was formed and incorporated. It was also the year Leon, Gene and Eddie made the decision to focus their attention on Elk River Concrete Products and became its primary carrier.
Today, this relationship involves the third generation of ownership in both companies.
Since that time, they have continued to grow and prosper, with the creation of Pipe Transit, Inc., in 1992, Pipe Transit Ohio Division, Inc., in 1993 (both of these utilize North Star Concrete as their customer, which has now been acquired by Hanson Pipe & Products) then LeFebvre & Sons of Wisconsin in 1995, Lefebvre & Sons of Iowa in 1996 and LeFebvre & Sons of Kansas in 1997. The acquisition of highly specialized equipment has allowed them to maintain an edge in the operational side of the industry.
There have been three model die-cast trucks made for LeFebvre in the past three years, each with the exclusive load. The first one featured a winch master and round culverts. The second featured a box culvert load. Last year's model featured a boom arm with a manhole load.
This year by working with Die-Cast Promotions, Toy Trucker & Contractor will partnering with the LeFebvre Companies to product a forth in a series truck. The TT&C truck will be delivered at the time of the National Toy Truck 'N Construction Show and LeFebvre will have their trucks some time after. The difference between the trucks include the length of the beams and packaging. TT&C's beam will be 20 inches long and the truck will have National Toy Truck 'N Construction Show packaging. The LeFebvre model will have a 30-inch beam. Also it is planned that the show truck will be marked in some inconspicuous area with either the show date, logo or both.
Historical information taken from the LeFebvre Companies web site: www.leftruck.com
Other stories in the April TT&C 2009 are:
• Toy Fair 2009 by Mark Macreading
• 2009 Custom Built/Scratch Built Projects
• Brian Cowdery Makes Toys for (Big) Girls and Boys by Nancy Leasman
• John TeStrake, Truck Historian by Dan O'Keefe
Want to read the rest of the story? It's available in the April TT&C 2009 magazine!
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