Talking trash (and transporting it) is big business at McNeilus Companies. The company manufactures garbage trucks (front, side, and rear loaders), concrete mixers, and related heavy duty commercial construction vehicles and components. McNeilus also builds and erects concrete batch plants (machinery used to store and load concrete into concrete trucks) such as conveyors, drums, dust collectors, material storage silos and bins, rollers, and water systems. The lineup is sold through a network of dealers to waste haulers and ready-mix companies, and mining and construction businesses in the US and abroad. McNeilus Companies operates as a subsidiary of truck and vehicle maker Oshkosh.
Headquartered at Dodge Center, Minnesota, the company has operations in Canada, Central America (including Venezuela), the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic, South America (including Peru, Brazil, and Mexico), and the US.
McNeilus Companies divides its business operations in two divisions: concrete and refuse. It owns 49% of Mezcladores Trailers de Mexico, a maker of concrete mixers, concrete batch plants, and refuse collection vehicles catering to Mexico. It also owns 45% of McNeilus Equipamentos Do Brasil, which caters to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Founded in 1970, the company is hitching a ride on the federal mandate for reduced vehicle emissions and fuel consumption. Its compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse vehicles are replacing diesels in municipal areas across the country.