Our History
1947  Kenneth Goddard and J. Gilbert Dobson founded Dobson Heavy Haul in Bay City.

1948  One of nine companies that founded the organization that ultimately became the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA).

1950's  The company expands its capabilities with heavy duty trucking in the Midwest. It also begins manufacturing its own custom heavy-duty trailers.  

1957  Dobson hauls 41,000 miles  of cable to Mackinac. This cable was used to produce the huge cables supporting the center span of the Mackinac Bridge.  

1958  Dobson Heavy Haul becomes the first hauler in history to be given a permit to carry an oversized load over  the Mackinac Bridge. The bridge was temporarily closed when the load was taken across.  

1959  Company wins the contract for rigging and steel hanging on virtually all the buildings at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.  

1965  In response to customer requests, Dobson  Heavy Haul adds steel erection division.  

1965  Company moves to new headquarters at 3660 N. Euclid, Bay City. New facilities include a rail site and expanded  storage and fabrication areas.  

1969  With the purchase of VanHaaren Trucking, the nation's oldest registered trucking firm, Dobson expands heavy trucking capabilities to include the entire U.S.  

1972  Main office building expanded to handle increased business.  

1975  Large specialized trucking terminal is opened in Detroit to handle the company's expanding Midwest business.  

1980  Innovative safety programs started by Dobson Heavy Haul lead to a number of regional and national awards for safety.  

1989  Company is awarded steel erection and rigging contract for the new physical education building, Ryder Center, at Saginaw Valley State University.  

1994  Dobson Heavy Haul purchases Ponder Iron Works (Ponder Door Company)  

1997  Dobson Heavy Haul celebrates 50 years of leadership in providing service to its Midwest commercial  and industrial customers.  

1999  Dobson Heavy Haul opens Wixom office to expand services in Metro Detroit area.  

2002  Purchases additional "low profile" specialty cranes for in-plant maintenance work. Expands engineering and fabrication capabilities for the manufacturing of special, high-tolerance equipment. 

2003  Changes company name to Dobson Industrial.

2006  Third generation of family ownership begins.

2007  Company celebrates its 60th anniversary.

2008  Marks the 60th anniversary of the SC&RA and Dobson Industrial remains one of five original founding companies.
Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.

Dobson Heavy Haul, Inc.