Our History: Building Trailers Since 1935
Johns Trailer Company was the precursor to the present JTI, Inc. and was founded by John Agoston in 1935. The business was initially located in a 1,600 square foot building on Buckeye Road in Cleveland, Ohio. A small building built of repurposed lumber housed a small business that survives today into the fourth generation of family ownership. The design and manufacture of temporary hitches that fastened to the bumper of automobiles, open utility and enclosed cargo trailers were the mainstay of the business. Hitches and trailers were rented from this location as well as a network of dealers established throughout northeast Ohio. As the business grew, hitches and trailers were sold to other trailer rental outfits throughout the central and eastern United States.
Towing, Hauling, and Changing Through the Years
The second generation of ownership expanded the business in the early 1960s to include the design and manufacture of hitches and towbars used in the rental car industry. At that time, a rental car company could offer the service of delivering a car to the customer’s home or business. A small car was towed behind the rental car with a temporary hitch and towbar. A single driver would deliver the rental car then return to the home office in the towed vehicle to repeat the process. Hitches and towbars were shipped to customers throughout the United States and Canada.
That all changed with the advent of the energy-absorbing bumper found on vehicles today. JTI continued to roll with the industry’s changes, and capital from the rental car towing hitch business paved the way for the building of the present facility that houses JTI, Inc. in Oakwood Village, Ohio.
JTI’s roots remain in the trailer business. In our Oakwood Village building we focus on trailer sales, repair and maintenance, and provide some customization services. JTI’s fabrication specialists manufacture new and replacement trailer axles for individual consumers and commercial trailer customers. JTI new and used trailers from trusted brands like Atlas, Carry-On and Load Rite, service, trailer components and parts, and towing accessories are the mainstay of JTI. The third generation of ownership expanded the business to include the sales, installation and service of snow and ice management equipment including Boss snow plow parts and accessories and Meyer snow plow blades.
Call us at 888.759.6803 or stop in our showroom to see how we’ve rolled with the changes – and how we can keep you rolling! We’d love to meet you!