about us

The Story of Great Lakes Manufacturing

Every company has a story to tell and Great Lakes Manufacturing is no exception. What began as a side job on weekends, Great Lakes Manufacturing is now a full-service trailer manufacturer serving customers all over the United States and Canada.


Humble Beginnings

Before the founding of Great Lakes MFG, Craig French and his father Paul were in the debarking industry. The debarked wood was hauled to the mill’s on nationally known name brand trailers, but the trailers were not holding up to the rigors of the wood hauling job at hand. Paul and Craig designed and built 3 pulp wood trailers in 1980. These trailers were up to the task, and soon were sought after from other log haulers, thus Great Lakes Manufacturing was born to fill the need for a better built trailer. For over 40 years, Great Lakes Manufacturing has been leading the way with innovative trailer designs for the logging, refuse, & material handling industries! We have also designed and patented various aluminum products. Craig French and his Wife Michelle have been at the helm since 1993 and continue to keep exceed their customers’ needs with trailers that are purpose built and Great Lakes Strong!

From the moment you contact us for a quote until the moment your trailer leaves our yard, our promise is to meet your needs and raise your expectations. Contact us today to get your next trailer started!

Nothing is more satisfying than a customer who loves our trailers and our craftsmanship.

Craig French, President

Our values

The Reasons For Our Success

Highly Rated

Our craftsmanship is second to none.

Fair Prices

Our projects are priced in a way that is fair to everyone.

Relationship based

Our goal is to establish relationships, not just contracts.

Quick Service

Our efficient team will get your trailer on the road so you can make money.

Trusted Leader

We have a great reputation as leaders in the community.

Friendly Team

From the top down, out team is friendly and here to help.

High Quality

Expect only the best quality of materials and service for your trailer.

Integrity Driven

We are always honest and open about details and costs.

Why Choose Us?

Working With Us Is
The Smart Choice

When you choose us for your trailer, you aren’t just picking a cookie cutter trailer shop. We have dozens of trailer options to choose from or we can customize your trailer to fit your needs. Our experience and craftsmanship makes us the smart choice.

Years In Business

Satisfied Customers