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History

The History of Unique Truck Accessories

1992

Unique Truck Accessories begins. Founded by Stanley Lake armed by an extensive background in the tool and die trade when he completed his apprenticeship in 1980. Lake's first company was Lagrange Tool & Engineering. At this company he took on projects such as manufacturing aviation brake shoes, scrap carbide separators, and fixtures for Midas Muffler. Also, Lake was awarded a patent in 1977 for the first height adjustable receiver hitch ball. He was no stranger to innovation and calculated risk taking.


1993

Lake Fabricating d.b.a. Unique Truck Accessories was incorporated. Later that year Unique Truck Accessories “UTA” was moved to it’s current property in Sturgis, MI.


1996

UTA began adding on which started with a new welding facility, the next addition was an offsite heated storage building.

UTA is named #93 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 New U.S. Small Businesses.


1997

UTA invents the first trailer tongue tool box on the market. Later in 2015 this box was improved to commercial quality for the construction industry.


2001

UTA hired a seasoned Operations Manager, Greg Chamberlain. Greg recently departed another tool box and truck accessories manufacturer he ran for 10 years. He brought with him a specialized aluminum product he invented years earlier. This product boosted UTA’s sales significantly during a much needed period of economic unrest in the United states…the post 9/11 recession. This coupled with more innovation and operational changes helped UTA weather the storm.


2002

With the additional leadership of Chamberlain, he and Lake decided it was time to invest in more CNC technology by adding their first CNC turret press. This allowed UTA’s production to be much more agile and efficient.


2003

On the success of the first turret UTA hired an experienced programmer and add a second CNC turret press adding more efficiently.


2004

Added on a raw materials warehouse to aid the ever increasing pressure on the production floor.


2005

Invented an underbody tool box with a top drawer. This idea was conjured by the notion that there is wasted space in the top of an underbody box. The idea quickly gained attention of customers everywhere and would be one of brilliant inventions that would be later dubbed the BRUTE™ brand.


2006-2008

UTA grew rapidly by innovation.


2009

During one of the worst recessions and housing market collapse, Lake & Chamberlain needed a fresh plan. The decision was made to hire a new Sales & Marketing Manager. Chris Rosenberg, a 20 year veteran of the truck accessory aftermarket, joined the team noting that the innovations at UTA were a breath of fresh air. Soon after joining UTA we began planning our next steps. The new plan was to segment the company into 4 categories. The most significant change was to rebrand UTA’s commercial HD boxes to what is now the BRUTE™ brand. This was done to separate and showcase the top sider boxes known as “contractor” boxes. UTA was already known for drawer boxes and the new brand drew much attention to that. This part of the plan quickly drew the attention of warehouse distributors and internet retailers.


2011

UTA began its first nationwide distribution by teaming with Meyer Distributing of Jasper Indiana. Meyer is the fastest growing WD in the United States, we are proud to be part of this growth. This changed how efficiently we could reach jobbers all over the country.

Another fortunate event was Grand West Enterprises of Saskatchewan agreed to be UTA’s National distribution arm for Canada. Grand West is one of the most respected WD’s in Canada and we are proud to be a supplier for them.


2012

Introduced BRUTE™ HD heavy gauge tool boxes for HD vocational trucks.

In this same year we forged a strategic marketing partnership with renowned aftermarket truck accessory manufacturer, Westin Automotive of San Dimas, CA. This partnership made the BRUTE™ brand a household name A.K.A. Westin-BRUTE™. BRUTE™ commercial class cargo management equipment is now stocked at nearly 80% of warehouse distributors in North America.


2013

Introduced aluminum flatbeds for pickups and HD vocational trucks.


2014

Introduced extruded floor aluminum flatbeds for pickups and HD vocational trucks. This is when our flatbed business really took off and there was no looking back.

Thirteen year UTA veteran Greg Chamberlain is promoted from V.P. of Operations to President of Unique Truck Accessories. Chamberlain is a trusted, respected, and hard working leader of Unique.


2015

Here we are and this is the year that it all came together for UTA. Through the efforts of UTA and it’s alliance with Westin Automotive we are growing at the fastest pace since the inception of the company.

New website was unveiled.

New 12’ CNC Accurpress Press Brake was added to the fab shop.

Introduced BRUTE BedSafe™ heavy roller drawer boxes for pickup beds.

Due to our explosive growth in flatbeds and BRUTE™ tool boxes we are adding on again. In June we will begin to erect a nearly 11,000 SF flatbed and welding facility on the property.

It’s an exciting time in our history and we are thankful for all of our loyal customers. Here we grow again.


About Us

For nearly two decades Unique Truck Accessories (UTA) has been manufacturing cargo management equipment for the light and heavy duty truck industry. Making high quality and long lasting products has always been our focus. UTA is always looking to the future and designs the most distinctive organizational apparatus products in the industry.

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Unique Truck Accessories
1000 N. Clay St. P.O. Box 7067  
Sturgis, MI 49091-7067 
Tel: 1.800.239.2343 
Fax: 269.651.2019
Email: info@uniqueta.com