The Hendrickson story began in 1913 with the founding of The Hendrickson Motor Truck Company by inventor and businessman Magnus Hendrickson. This small Chicago-based manufacturing company built trucks often equipped with cranes, which were used to haul stone and other building materials.
In 1926, Hendrickson introduced the first tandem truck suspension, which mounted the axles on each end of an equalizing beam. This unique "walking beam" design distributed the truck's load evenly between the two rear axles, which improved traction and greatly reduced the effects of bumps and potholes in the road. The walking beam soon gained widespread acceptance among the industry's new 6x4 "six wheeler" trucks, which allowed more payload.
In 1978, The Boler Company, whose holdings included manufacturers of leaf springs and metal bumpers, purchased Hendrickson. In the years that followed, Hendrickson would expand into or acquire additional businesses in related areastrailer suspension systems, auxiliary axle systems, springs, metal bumpers, and other heavy-duty components.
Eventually Hendrickson sold the truck manufacturing operation to focus solely on suspension systems and related components.
Hendrickson designs and manufactures commercial full-size truck suspensions .
At Hendrickson, we commit to serving the transportation industry with innovative products that help improve productivity and profitability. Across the globe, our dedicated employees champion Hendricksons proud heritage through creativity, integrity and superior service. Our legacy embodies 100 years as the leading innovator and manufacturer of suspension systems and components for the global heavy-duty vehicle industry.

In 1926 Magnus' son, Robert Theodore Hendrickson I, developed the first tandem suspension, and from 1936, exclusively supplied this innovative type of suspension to International Harvester .
The independent suspension combines Hendricksons chassis integration experience, manufacturing excellence, vehicle dynamics experience and history of heavy-duty suspension design. The system features superior mobility, steering, ride and handling characteristics to help protect the chassis, cargo and passengers in treacherous environments.
Hendrickson has supported the military for over 80 years through various programs including the M915 and M916 tractors. For more than four decades, we have continued to expand our involvement with the military through numerous vehicle programs including the HMTT, HETS, PLS, MVT, MTVR, LVSR, HMMWV and MRAP vehicles .
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