SIMPLICITY BY DESIGN
ALL TRUCKS AVAILABLE WITH ALTERNATIVE FUEL SYSTEMS
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In the ongoing effort to offer the best customer service in the industry, Bridgeport Mfg Inc has reactivated its dba; Route Ready Parts & Service
To our current customers; nothing has changed apart from the name. All contact information remains the same.
Route Ready is the sole provider of OEM parts and offers a large facility in Bridgeport, TX staffed by workers with 20+ years of experience in parts sales, warranty support, and repairs on any make and model of refuse body.
We also offer the capability to retrofit the very versatile and efficient Bridgeport Automated Arm on any and all brands of side loaders.
OUR HISTORY OF SIMPLICITY OF DESIGN
The Kouri family has been building refuse trucks since 1960. Ed Kouri started Bemars Inc. in Los Angeles, CA building front loaders and roll off trucks until he sold his interest in the business to Maxon Industries in 1972.
Ed Kouri then moved up to the San Francisco area and started Able Body Company in 1976 with his son and apprentice Matthew. As Able Body, Ed continued the fine standard of manufacturing he had at Bemars, continuing to refine and perfect it throughout the 1970s. The started designing and making drop frame side loaders to compete with the popular Shu-Pak and began building dedicated recycling trucks to accommodate the growing recycling movement of the early 1980s.
The Kouri family continued to see success during the 1980s, selling their trucks in every state west of the Rockies. When his health started to decline during this period, Ed turned the day to day operations over to his son’s Matthew and Tony. The automated side load technology was still young and hadn’t caught its true fire yet with many markets still running manual residential collection. Tony saw the potential in this emerging market and in 1989 took a welder to the back of the shop and spent a few days creating an automated arm concept to test and field. A test arm was retrofitted onto a modified drop frame side loader and Oakland Scavenger agreed to route test the new arm.
Upon Ed's retirement in 1992, Tony decided to move the operation out to Texas and opened up shop in Bridgeport. Operating as Bridgeport Manufacturing, Tony built his first front loader for Portland Disposal Company in Portland, Oregon.
Ed moved out to Texas with Tony and even in retirement, he made sure he lived close to the production floor where you would often find him involved in the construction and design of the trucks. Tony continued to refine his automated arm design and with Ed’s help, saw growth in their new market.
Ed passed away in 1997 surrounded by family and friends. From the very beginning, he had helped shape the face of the commercial waste industry and some of his design innovations are still used on trucks made today. The Kouri family has been building garbage trucks for more than 65 years and holds the record for being the longest family owned builder in the U.S. You can find their trucks coast to coast, which is a testament to the vision Ed had in California more than 50 years ago.
Territory: Northwest/Great Plains
Territory: Great Lakes
Territory: California, Nevada