The History of Unique Truck Accessories


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.




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.






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.






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.






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.






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.






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






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






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.






UTA grew rapidly by innovation.






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.






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.






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.






Introduced aluminum flatbeds for pickups and HD vocational trucks.






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.






Here we are and this is the year that it all came together for UTA.

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!

October 2015 - Completion of UTA's New 11,000 Sq Ft Addition to house flatbed manufacturing and additional welding capacity






Launched new product: Commercial Aluminum Folding Shelves for the box truck & step van industry. Innovative design quickly expanded into the fleet industry.






February-- Expanded our Bedsafe line to include industry first 60" & 72" deep models






May 2018 - Introduced a popular Black Texture Powdercoat Finish to all Toolboxes except Bedsafe. This finish compliments the truck trim on today's current truck models.






March 2019 - New Back Pack Size for Increased Storage - HPB8226, 62H/82L/24D, which allows the use of a standard 18"H Underbody to create an "L" pack.

Expanded Commercial Shelf Line to include a Cargo Van Rear Organizer 45W/38D/30H

Upgraded and replaced numerous welding machines to increase production New 10' CNC Accurpress press brake added to the Fabrication Dept

Expanded internal Marketing Dept to produce updated BRUTE literature, promotional displays, large toolbox display racks, countertop POP displays, outdoor banners, window decals, and apparel.

Expanded toolbox line to accommodate 5.5' to 8' bed sizes. New losiders, topsiders, and flatbed models offered.




January - March Released New Toolbox designs at WTS20 that incorporate BEDSAFE Roller Drawer technology:  LosiderSafe boxes and FlatbedSafe box

New Backpack with Drawers - Backpack sectioned off into 3 compartments




Improved our Extruded Flatbed Line with new and improved LED lighting, redesigned Drop Down and Removable Sides.

Expanded the Backpack line to include larger sizes for the new trailer trucks.  All Backpacks available in Black Texture.

Once again we added to our BEDSAFE line with 48"W Dual Drawers.   All BEDSAFES are available in Black Texture.



2022 - 2023

Expanded Aerial Truck Upfit Applications

Product Photo Shoots and Videos created for BRUTE Toolboxes, BRUTE Flatbeds, and BRUTE Shelves.

Designed new UTA Website 

New Service Body Top Box in several sizes