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Minimizer's Tough Semi Fenders Benefit from Black Ultem Prototypes

If necessity is the mother of invention, sometimes destruction is its father. This was the case with the tough-as-nails semi-truck fenders that Minimizer designs and manufactures in its Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, facility. The idea for these thick-gauge polyethylene fenders came from a pair of accidents: An errant forklift dented Dick Kruckeberg’s metal semi fender and, later, Dick’s wife flattened a plastic garbage can with her car. The metal fender was ruined; the garbage can popped right back into shape. Three generations of Kruckebergs have been designing and manufacturing flexible, durable, lightweight polyethylene fenders ever since.


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Minimizer performed functional prototyping with this black FDM fender assembly.

“As trucks change, we need to change. People are always coming to us for new products.”

Craig Kruckeberg, Minimizer CEO