Our Story

50 years of industry-leading vehicles, service and support is only the beginning.







Two things have always been true since our founding in 1970: we’re committed to pushing our industries forward and our trucks are leading the way. And whether it’s our dedication to getting the job done right or our customer-driven innovations, that commitment has paid off. It’s why we’re North America’s leader in ready-mixed concrete trucks and refuse collection vehicles, setting the standard for reliability, durability and innovation.


Oshkosh isn’t just our parent company, we’re partners in engineering and innovation, sharing technologies and know-how for a powerful competitive advantage. Which means you get world-class heavy-duty truck-building expertise, 850+ patents for new product innovations, and 1,350 global product developers advancing the industry together.


We believe actions speak louder than words. Especially when it comes to support. That’s why we’ve built a dedicated, direct-to-you parts, sales and service network—backed by a comprehensive network of branch locations and service centers. With rigorously-trained mobile technicians and certified service technicians operating across the continent, McNeilus has the flexibility to bring service to your fleet wherever and whenever.

Just like all things McNeilus, StreetSmartParts.com is so much more than a 24/7/365 online parts store. With a comprehensive line of quality replacement parts, plus manuals, schematics and more, it’s all things McNeilus-support. All in one place.


Whether it’s waste collecting at 6 AM, or helping pour a foundation for a new civic project, McNeilus trucks and their operators are out there every day, working hard to help build the fabric of communities across North America. We consider this to be one of our greatest accomplishments.

Our commitment to our communities goes beyond the trucks we build. We’re a big backer of the United Way in our local areas. We’ve teamed up to support Ronald McDonald House with a unique program called Cans for Kids. And we’re proud supporters of education and research programs for both the construction and waste collection industries through the CIM and EREF. The Concrete Industry Management program is a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The Environmental Research and Education Foundation provides  educational grants and scholarships and conducts scientific research dedicated to improving waste management practices. Proof that we’re here for our communities now and on the road ahead.


The industry is constantly shifting, bringing with it new challenges. That’s why we’re working hard to evolve our service and support. Every day.

“We’ve owned McNeilus trucks for over 15 years. The trucks are easy to operate. They’re low maintenance, and we rarely have problems with the equipment. When we do have those minor problems, they respond immediately and they handle all our needs to make sure we’re satisfied customers.”

– Randolph Paige, Director of Sanitation, City of Sumter, SC

Looking for a 6-axle standard for your next truck? Nebco, Inc of Lincoln NE was: “McNeilus was diligent to get the configuration that works best for us and now we’ve been running them for years. All we had to do was call, communicate our requirements, and they did the rest. With features like a washout system, chute shutter, along with a backup camera we have all of our bases covered.  The drivers love the backup cameras, you can see and hear everything behind you!” Their sales, service, and parts departments strive to help us succeed in our business.

- Mike Wichman, Fleet Manager, Nebco

“I’ve worked in the refuse industry for 21 years and had the opportunity to work with a lot of different trucks. Working with McNeilus, they’re by far the best trucks I’ve used. And, it’s not just the products but the service, too. If you call with a service question, within a few minutes you’ve got people from the company, around the country, telling you how to diagnose a problem and how to get yourself running again quickly.”

- Justin Bradsher, Training Supervisor, Ace Environmental of South Carolina

The McNeilus mixer seems to be the best mixer out there right now. The support that McNeilus gives is pretty fantastic. There are just some great people there – great support for a great product. We wanted someone who had proven experience that’s going to be here in 10 years to support what we have. The obvious choice was McNeilus… All the drivers love the controls especially in the new trucks and the screen in the cab…A lot of people get stuck in the rut of ‘this works.’ But McNeilus doesn’t ever get stuck in that rut; they are always changing and evolving and bringing forth new things like CNG and the new steel drum. We are 100% satisfied.”

- Dustin Hedger, President, Hedger Brothers Inc.


A half-century's worth of innovation, expertise and industry-leading sales, service and support doesn't just happen. Here are the milestones of blood, sweat and tears that have made us who we are today, and have us excited to take on the challenges of tomorrow.
2017 McNeilus enhances its Meridian™ Front Loader and Zero Radius™ (ZR) Side Loader products, boosting durability, performance and serviceability.
2016 A new mixer controls platform is revealed – McNeilus FLEX Controls – offering better control and less variability in loading, mixing and delivering. The Latitude Integration residential collection system is introduced, allowing commercial Meridian™ Front Loaders to connect with any brand of front loader residential container. McNeilus celebrates 25 years in the refuse industry.
2015 The innovative Meridian™ Front Loader is launched, giving the industry a lighter weight front loader with higher payload capacity and more lifting power. McNeilus introduces an Organics Package for rear loaders with unique features that offer better liquid containment for food and organic waste collection. The revolutionary McNeilus CODE™ controls system is developed for refuse vehicles, providing superior vehicle diagnostics and troubleshooting capability.
2014 The M80 Series Drum is added to the mixer product line, offering increased volume, a lower center of gravity and a unique impeller for better mixing. Command Center touchscreen mixer controls are unveiled.
2013 McNeilus Street Smart Vision system adds touchscreen controls, as well as DVR and route management capabilities, to improve fleet operations and efficiency.
2012 McNeilus unveils new easy-to-navigate and user-friendly website. Street Smart Parts launches an e-commerce website to make ordering parts easier than ever before. The McNeilus Split Body Rear Loader is developed for dual-stream refuse collection routes.
2011 The Contender Front Loader refuse vehicle makes its debut with the perfect balance between lightweight and toughness. Second-generation enhancements are added to the AutoReach® Automated Side Loader.
2010 McNeilus offers the first CNG-powered mixer vehicle to the industry, and offers a new Allison transmission for the CNG-powered trucks.
2009 McNeilus develops its own CNG fueling system and launches its Next Generation (NGEN) CNG initiative, an alternative fuels brand. Command Zone™ multiplexed controls are introduced for refuse products to speed troubleshooting. The Zero Radius™ (ZR) Automated Side Loader debuts with an advanced yet simple zero radius arm operation.
2008 McNeilus expands Street Smart Parts offerings for non-McNeilus products.
2005 Oshkosh purchases London Machinery, Inc., Canada’s leading manufacturer of concrete mixers. McNeilus and London mixers are found on more than 90% of Canadian jobsites. London offers McNeilus refuse bodies to Canadian refuse fleets and penetrates a majority of Canada’s major haulers by year’s end.

Oshkosh purchases CON-E-CO, a leading manufacturer of concrete batch plants. McNeilus transfers production of its concrete batch plants to CON-E-CO’s Blair, NE, facility, while supporting CON-E-CO through silo manufacturing in Dodge Center.

The high-performance Excalibre™ packing cylinders are made available on all McNeilus refuse bodies.
2002 McNeilus begins integrating the Curotto-Can system into its front loader lineup. And the Automated line grows with the addition of the Manual/Automated Side Loader.
2001 McNeilus Street Smart Parts is formed and reinvents customer support services.
2000 McNeilus develops the state-of-the-art Bridgemaster V® Mixer.
1999 The Atlantic Series Front Loader® is introduced for residential and heavy commercial routes.
1998 McNeilus is purchased by Oshkosh Corporation, which specializes in severe-duty vehicle manufacturing, including an array of products for defense, municipal and commercial markets.
1997 Roll-offs are added to the product line, and the Pacific Series Front Loader® is introduced.
1996 McNeilus continues to innovate the refuse industry by designing a replacement for the Automator that has a standard pack-and-sweep system. This packer incorporates the first automated arm that articulates both left and right. Named the AutoReach®, this auotmated refuse truck grows in popularity among trash haulers.
1995 The Manual Side Loader is introduced and automated refuse collection begins to take shape.
1993 McNeilus looks to quickly grow its refuse product offerings by building a front-loading garbage truck called the Pacstar FL (commonly called the FL93). The Extra Compaction (XC) Rear Loader also debuts. McNeilus offers a “No Questions Asked” cylinder replacement program and quickly gains market share in the refuse industry.
1991 McNeilus' Pac Star Rear Loader sets new benchmarks for durability and reliability.
1990 McNeilus introduces a semi-round-walled rear load refuse truck named the SRS, and for the first time exhibits products at WasteExpo. The Sliding Mixer System (SMS) also makes its debut.
1989 McNeilus introduces its first “square body” rear loader prototype as a means to offset the seasonal manpower demands of the ready-mix business.
1988 McNeilus introduces the innovative Bridgemaster III® Mixer.
1987 McNeilus builds its first Batchmaster portable concrete batch plant.
1984 McNeilus starts building the Front Discharge Mixer for Oshkosh Corporation.
1981 McNeilus develops the first Bridgemaster II® Mixer.
1980 McNeilus becomes the most popular concrete mixer brand in America.
1979 McNeilus develops the Bridgemaster I® Mixer for improved weight distribution.
1978 McNeilus introduces the Viking Front Discharge Mixer.
1976 The first McNeilus-brand concrete mixer is introduced.
1973 McNeilus builds its first Stationary Batch Plants.
1970 McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc. is formed.


Telematics. Automation. Lighter, stronger vehicles. These are the kinds of things that were hard to imagine when we started back in 1970. And we’re not just devoted to the research and development of innovative concepts, products and practices. We’re fully committed to thoroughly testing and proving them to help drive industry standards.


Want ground-breaking control? We deliver: McNeilus® FLEX Controls™ and CODE™ Controls systems for concrete placement and refuse collection vehicles. Not only do they put diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities at the operator’s fingertips, they allow unprecedented, consistent fleet-wide control with vehicle performance insights, maintenance reminders, advanced control functions and customization tools.


As a part of the Oshkosh family, we're constantly and continuously reducing the environmental impact of our products and production, improving workplace conditions, reducing costs, increasing value and being active in our communities. become more environmentally friendly and control costs with CNG technology. Our CNG-powered concrete mixers are the first commercially manufactured mixers on the market, and we are also a national leading supplier of CNG-powered refuse trucks.