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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 expand. As Noel’s sons got older, all four: Leon, Gene, Eddie and John become involved in the operation. Over the years, 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 LeFebvre's 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 12 model die-cast trucks made for LeFebvre starting in 2006. Each truck featured an exclusive load. In 2009 Toy Trucker & Contractor partnered with the LeFebvre Companies to produce two models, one for the National Toy Truck ’N Construction Show and one exclusively for the LeFebvre Companies. (See chart.) The difference between these two models was the length of the beam and the packaging.
Since 2009, seven more LeFebvre models were produced by Die-Cast Promotions. In 2017, the last two LeFebvre models made by Die-Cast Promotions were produced, #12, for the LeFebvre Companies and #11 exclusively for the 2017 National Toy Truck ’N Construction Show.
This year Toy Trucker and Contractor, working with Dean Riessen and DCP by First Gear will once again be offering a LeFebvre collectible truck for their National Toy Truck ’N Construction Show. This will be the first LeFebvre model built by First Gear. It is expected that the TT&C truck will be delivered in time for the National Toy Truck ’N Construction Show.