QUINCY -- H.W. "Bo" Knapheide IV has been named president and CEO of Knapheide Manufacturing Co.
"I am proud to continue my family's history leading our company forward. I am confident and excited for what our team can accomplish and also for what the future holds," Knapheide said.
Knapheide becomes the sixth generation leader of the company, which was founded in 1848 by Heinrich Knapheide. Bo's father, Harold W. "Knap" Knapheide III, who had been president and CEO of the company since 1978, died unexpectedly on Aug. 28, at age 72.
The company started in a blacksmith shop where horse-drawn wooden wagons were built. As wagons changed and vehicles came into use, the company made the transition to a variety of utility beds for trucks, vans and other vehicles.
Knapheide Manufacturing is now one of the largest U.S. producers of service and utility truck bodies. The company now has a 668,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at 1848 Westphalia Strasse, northeast of 24th and Koch's Lane. The company has about 1,500 employees locally and 2,100 nationwide.
Bo Knapheide previously held multiple positions with the company.