Looking Back: Rogers Bros. Corporation

Tue October 15, 2019 - National Edition #21
Edgar A. Browning – Special to CEG



The Rogers Bros. Corporation is in its 114 year of manufacturing trailers. Today, company president, Jay Kulyk, is a 4th generation member of the Rogers family. The company was founded in 1905 at Albion, Pa., by his maternal great-grandfather, Louis Rogers with two brothers, Charles and Hugh. The firm is the oldest trailer manufacturer in America remaining in business. Rogers Bros. touts having trailers in all fifty states and 65 countries on five continents. The company is truly an American business success story.

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Pennoyer Merchants Transfer Co. of Chicago, Ill., shown using a Rogers Bros. trailer to haul an iron girder for the American Bridge Co. during construction of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago, ca. 1920’s. The 28 story hotel with 3,000 rooms was the largest in the world when it opened in May of 1927. It was developed by the grandfather and father of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
Rogers Bros. Corporation photo Pennoyer Merchants Transfer Co. of Chicago, Ill., shown using a Rogers Bros. trailer to haul an iron girder for the American Bridge Co. during construction of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago, ca. 1920’s. The 28 story hotel with 3,000 rooms was the largest in the world when it opened in May of 1927. It was developed by the grandfather and father of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

ca. 1920’s
ca. 1920’s

ca. 1950
ca. 1950

ca. 1950
ca. 1950

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Two famed NYC based firms, Merritt Chapman & Scott and Gerosa Haulage Corporation transfer a huge transformer from land to sea with the help of a massive custom trailer built by Rogers Bros., ca. late 1950 to 1960. The heavy haul tractor is a Mack LRSWX.
Rogers Bros. Corporation photo Two famed NYC based firms, Merritt Chapman & Scott and Gerosa Haulage Corporation transfer a huge transformer from land to sea with the help of a massive custom trailer built by Rogers Bros., ca. late 1950 to 1960. The heavy haul tractor is a Mack LRSWX.