A 139 Year Tradition of Quality, Innovation and Service
Barkow and the Glass Industry – A Partnership in Progress
1879 – Barkow began manufacturing high-quality horse-drawn commercial wagons in Milwaukee. Herman Barkow had learned the wagon-making trade at the Krupp Works in Germany.
1910 – With the introduction of motor-driven trucks, Barkow pioneered the development of specialized truck bodies in the Milwaukee area.
1923 – Barkow introduced the first of its innovative vertical glass carriers to carry flat glass on truck cabs/chassis. These bodies were originally made of quality woods—primarily basswood, ash and oak.
1947 – After World War II, Barkow phased out wooden glass carrier bodies and introduced more durable high-tensile steel construction.
1950's – Barkow developed the unique glass handling system of supporting flat glass with patented rubber Barpads® and Barkleats® for more secure handling of glass.
1960/70's – Energy concerns brought about the boom in insulated glass, and the need for glass transport systems capable of handling glass with greater thickness. Outside glass carrier ledgeboards grew from 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" to 5" wide, as legal truck width limitations increased.
1980's – Barkow introduced glass carriers for pick up trucks and vans made of high-strength, light weight aluminum material.
1996 – The first company in the U.S. to manufacture Stainless Steel Glass Carriers.
1997 – Introduced and patented STAKE-LOC™ self-locking stakes for glass carriers.
1998 – Introduced the Enclosed Glass Carrier Truck "THE WORKHORSE.™"
2000's and beyond – Today Barkow offers complete glass handling systems to move flat glass from the end of your production line to the end-user with a minimum of handling and labor costs.
A 1923 Dodge glazing truck with one of the original Barkow wooden glass carrier bodies. Lurie Industries, Inc.
Refurbished 1989 aluminum glass carrier on 1950 Ford F1 pickup.