|Founded in 1948 by Arthur Warn, Warn Industries began producing locking hubs for
surplus World War II Jeeps, converting thousands into useful, on-road vehicles. The
WARN winch, developed in 1959, was the first recreational winch. With pioneering
features such as a rugged drive train, the WARN winch quickly became the leading
brand for offroad racers, avid four wheelers, weekend adventurers and hard working
ranchers. In 2000, Arthur Warn's grandson, Mike Warn, decided to sell the family
owned business. Jon Kreitz, former CEO of WARN, led a management buyout with
To comply with the latest automotive industry standard ISO/TS 16949:2002 Warn
Industries obtained certification in 2004.
In 2005, Warn opened a sales office in the Netherlands, added a Distribution Center
in Clackamas, Oregon, a distribution facility in Gahanna, Ohio and expanded its
manufacturing capability by opening a production plant in Saltillo, Mexico. In 2005, Jon
Kreitz retired from Warn, and Thomas Giacomini was selected as Warn's
CEO/President. In 2005 and 2006, Warn brought several innovative new products to
the market, including the PowerPlant compressor winch and the PullzAll tool.
In late 2007, Thomas Giacomini was promoted to President of the Dover Industrial
Products/Material Handling, and John McCalla was promoted to Warn's CEO and
President. In 2007, Warn developed the 18,000 lb. winch for the tow/recovery, severe
duty, and trailer/equipment markets and was selected to provide all the vehicle self
recovery winches for the U.S. military's MRAP program.
In 2008, Warn celebrated its 60th anniversary by releasing the XL product line of
20,000 and 30,000 lb. winches for use on trailers, roll back carriers, and the
tow/recovery market; plus a 60th anniversary edition of our iconic 8274 winch; and we
introduced the off-road industries first fan cooled electric winch, the Endurance 12.
In 2009, WARN was selected to provide the self recovery winch for the U.S. military's
M-ATV program; launched our all new ProVantage plow system for ATVs and UTVs;
and announced an all new line of off-road lighting products for both our Truck/Auto
segment and our Powersports segment.
|In 1956, Basil Smith, also known as "Smitty", started a small machine shop in his
garage, called Rock-ett Products. Being one of the original four wheel drive
enthusiasts, his chief concern was to develop four wheel drive equipment for trucks
and small SUVs (Jeeps). Over the years, Smitty's son Tom worked at Rock-ett and
then with the newly named "Smittybilt". Having been exposed to the four wheel drive
lifestyle all his life, Tom was able to create new and innovative product ideas geared
towards the growing off-road aftermarket industry.
As the business grew, Tom created more and more exciting new products including
the original "Nerf Bar" side step and tubular front and rear bumpers for Jeeps.
Today, Smittybilt, Inc. proudly supplies thousands of active dealers and distributors
worldwide with innovative truck and SUV accessories. Smittybilt has expanded its
product offering to over 2,000 different products servicing the international truck and
SUV markets. The constant involvement of management in the off-road markets has
kept Smittybilt in touch with the latest market trends and on the forefront of
engineering and design. Welcome to the new Smittybilt where innovation and quality
are once again at the forefront of product development. "Get the Original", Get
When you’re trekking through the mud, the last thing you want is to get stuck and not
have the equipment to get yourself out. Each type of Smittybilt winch has their own
attributes, but they have some things in common: reliability, power, and performance.
You can count on these Smittybilt winches to bail you out of practically any situation.