September 24, 2018 3:45 PM, EDT

Strick Earns Certification, Adds Cooper Tires

StrickWelders at Strick's trailer plant in Monroe, Ind. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

Strick Trailers, manufacturer of aluminum sheet and post trailers, announced that its new GardX rear-impact guard has received certification from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Additionally, the trailer maker said its standard premium tire supplier is Cooper Tires.


Strick passed the IIHS Tough Guard certification testing, which evaluates the performance of rear underride guard designs on truck trailers. In the test, a midsize car traveling 35 miles per hour is crashed into the back of a parked semi-trailer.

Rear impact guards that prevent underride qualify for the IIHS Tough Guard award.

“Strick is proud to have taken the necessary proactive steps to improve the rear guards of our dry van trailers and pleased with the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at IIHS,” said Justin Bell, director of engineering at Monroe, Ind.-based Strick.

Strick plans to roll out GardX for long van trailers beginning with model year 2020. Additionally, a pup trailer (28 feet and shorter) design will be introduced early in 2019.

Also beginning with model year 2020, all Strick trailers will be equipped with Cooper Tires’ Roadmaster RM872 — the newest addition to the Roadmaster line of fuel-efficient SmartWay-verified tires.