Hercules Manufacturing Company was purchased by Justin Wilson on January 1
Henderson native and former Hercules employee of 10 years, Wilson is now president and CEO following the retirement of the previous owner, Jeffery A. Caddick, said a news release by Henderson Economic Development.
“It’s time to rebuild a foundation that this company can rest on for another 120 years of excellence,” Wilson said in the release. “I believe we are in the critical stages of doing so as we speak. This ownership transition is just another brick laid to ensure our company is set up to serve our employees, customers, and communities for generations to come.”
Although the 120-year-old company is under new management, Wilson said most of the business model will stay the same. He plans to refresh the brand by increasing community involvement and focusing more on the company’s values.
Hercules, located at 800 Bob Posey St., specializes in the customization and building of sustainable, refrigerated vehicles. Their portfolio includes customers from the dairy, meat packaging, and food delivery services, and many others. Wilson said they ship trucks to every corner of the United States, but also have several customers in the local region.
Wilson wants to increase efficiency by automating the customer’s experience, but he said they still want customers to call when they need assistance, said the release. Hercules serves repeat customers with large accounts while still providing small business customer service and a focus on relationships, the release said.
“Thirty years ago I started coming home to become involved in our family business and 20 years ago I purchased the company from my father,” Caddick said in the release. “1/1/24 marks a new beginning for Hercules as Justin Wilson has purchased our family business and is now the owner of Hercules. Hercules is now his family business, and I am so excited to see what Justin and his Hercules crew are going to do for the next 30 years.”
Wilson said Hercules’ team is the driving force of their operation.
“Our team is passionate about our culture and mission, that is what will bring us success in the long run. They continue to move the needle every day leading our company from the front,” Wilson said.
With an employee-first mindset, he expects their team and business to grow simultaneously. Job seekers interested in employment opportunities at Hercules should visit https://hendersonkyjobs.com/ or www.herculesvanbodies.com/careers/ for more information.
Hercules is partnering with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Henderson Economic Development to host a ribbon cutting on-site on February 1st at 11a.m. The community is invited to celebrate with Hercules.
Hercules Manufacturing Company
Hercules Manufacturing Company is a premium truck body manufacturing company in Henderson, KY. Their company has been in business since 1902, but their products are anything but old-fashioned. They are constantly upgrading technology to reduce the weight of truck bodies and innovate their products’ design through customer feedback and collaboration. Customers appreciate their robust design and cutting-edge products.