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Governor’s ImPAct Awards

CAR MATE TRAILERS, INC. has been awarded the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Award.

This award is given to a company that has demonstrated consistent job growth and retention over the past two years. The company must have had a positive net gain in new jobs during this time period.



Car Mate Trailers, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have gone to great lengths to become a true American manufacturer.  Along with superior quality and craftsmanship, this will continue to separate ourselves from the competition.

The Car Mate team has taken on the task of producing our trailers with unmatched amounts of American made materials.

In the past few years, we have successfully built relationships with American vendors who supply us with the American made components needed to construct a “Top Grade, American Made” trailer. 

Our entire product line surpasses the required standards to be qualified as “Made in America”.  We stand behind our products offering the best warranty in the industry and loyally support American component manufacturers by offering “Top Grade American Made” trailers.

We take pride in producing our trailers with these and many other American made products.  Can our competitors say the same?

  • Front Jacks
  • Door Tie Backs
  • Steel Tubing
  • Baggage Doors
  • 110V Lighting
  • Floor Plywood
  • Lumber Decking
  • Wall Vents
  • Roof Vents
  • Silicone
  • 12V Wire
  • Paint
  • Couplers
  • Axles
  • LED Lights
  • RV Doors
  • ATP Corners
  • 12V Lighting
  • ATP Stone Guard
  • Sidewall Plywood
  • Steel Angle Iron
  • Aluminium Extrusions
  • Aluminium Exterior Skin
  • .032 Aluminium Roof Coil
  • Fiberglass Nose Cap
  • Door Hinges & Cam Bars
  • Power Units for Dump Trailers
  • Swing Down & Scissor Jacks
  • 4 Way and 7 Way Harnesses
  • Wash Chemicals for Paint Prep
  • Paint Shop Supplies
  • Decals & Stickers
  • Generator Doors
  • Windows & Escape Hatches
  • Air Conditioning Units
  • 110V Breaker Boxes
  • Pingel Motorcycle Chocks
  • HD Floor Tie Downs
  • Rubber Floor Covering
  • Vinyl Floor Covering
  • Tools & Supplies For Construction
  • Tarp Kits for Dump Trailers
  • Scissor Lifts for Dump Trailers
  • Hydraulic Components
  • 12V Deep Cycle Batteries




The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) held their 25th annual convention on February 19 – 22, 2013 in Charleston, SC.  Car Mate Trailers, Inc. of Leeper was the 2013 recipient of the NATM Green Award sponsored by PPG.  The NATM Green Manufacturing Award is presented to an NATM manufacturing member annually to recognize the best innovation and novel solutions by a manufacturer in the industry that positively impact our environment.  Car Mate Trailers, Inc. is a recognized leader in the trailer industry with a conscious concern for the environment.


Examples of their “green” efforts include: Installation of an environmentally friendly 100 percent recycling pretreatment paint wash system, replaced 100 percent of their lighting and fixtures to the more efficient T-5 and T-8 florescent fixtures; replaced or installed building heaters to an almost 100 percent efficient radiant type heating system; recycling or repurposing all aluminum, steel, wood and cardboard byproducts; replaced the standard 12 volt trailer lighting to 100 percent LED lighting.  Car Mate has contracted Penn State University to survey all building heat losses with thermal imaging cameras.  This documentation and analysis shows necessary areas of improvement and steps have been taken to eliminate these minor troublesome spots.  The company has installed energy efficient compressors and timers on their exhaust equipment to reduce the electric usage.


PPG, the founding sponsor, donates $5,000 to the charity selected by the award recipient.  Ron Yarnell of PPG assisted NATM President Gary Potter with the presentation of the award and check to Car Mate.  Car Mate generously selected Clarion-Forest Visiting Nurses Association to receive the $5,000 contribution.






The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) presented Greg Snyder, President & CEO of Car Mate Trailers, Inc. in Leeper, PA with the NATM Outstanding Member Award Thursday, February, 21, 2013 at the Awards Luncheon during the 25th annual NATM Convention and Trade Show in Charleston, SC.  The Outstanding Member Award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the trailer manufacturing industry.


Mr. Snyder has been an active member of NATM and an advocate for the trailer industry.  He was first elected to the board of directors in 2005 and has served on numerous committees including compliance, membership, convention, trailer dealers, bylaws, marketing and nominations, chairing membership, trailer dealers and bylaws committees.  This year, Snyder was elected as Vice-President of the NATM Board of Directors.


Snyder, a navy veteran, has worked in the trailer industry for 23 years.  Car Mate Trailers was founded by his uncle, Jim Pfendler, in 1982.  He began in the maintenance department and moved on to purchasing.  Snyder currently continues his purchasing duties along with his responsibilities as president and CEO.  Greg and his wife, Deb, reside in Venus, PA and have two children, Christine and Robert.



Accepting a US flag that flew in Afghanistan

Fred Ochs and Michelle Clark of Car Mate Trailers are presented a flag from their nephew SPC Joshua A. Ochs that was flown over the country of Afghanistan aboard the AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopter #03-05298 on a mission in support of coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom fighting against the enemies of the United States of America.  Joshua has served one tour in Afghanistan in “Havoc” Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.  His brother SPC Daniel Ochs, Jr. has served two tours in Afghanistan and another brother SGT Anthony Ochs has served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan

 Jody Perewitz Blisters Bonneville Salt Flats

With no prior experience on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats, Team J-Witz and Throttle Master Jody Perewitz stunned enthusiasts and teams from around the globe at this years prestigious Bub Motorcycle Speed Trials in Utah.  On Tuesday, August 31 Jody set a land speed record of 188.911 mph.  On Wednesday, September 1, Jody took her bike to the next level!  She made a pass at 203.111 mph!  This speed made Jody the first woman in history to go over 200 mph on an American V-Twin.

Jody and Team J-Witz haul the bike and their equipment in a Car Mate 7′ x 16′ Advantage Cargo Trailer built to their specifications.  Be sure to follow Jody and Team J-Witz on facebook, www.facebook.com/teamjwitz

Car Mate’s 100,000th trailer has rolled off the line!!!

Bob Shaffer, Ted Harrison, Joe Wolf

Car Mate Trailers, Inc. recently passed an important milestone in company history. Trailer number 100,000 came off the line and was delivered to Wolf’s Auto Outlet in Clarion, PA. 

“Wolf’s Auto is excited to be part of this milestone that Car Mate Trailers has achieved.  Anytime an organization reaches these types of plateaus you know you are part of something special.  We also reached our own plateau recently when we found out that we were Car Mate’s number 5 dealer in sales this year and we recently became a member of the Silver Club as a Dealer of the Decade.”, said Joe Wolf and Bob Shaffer, owners of Wolf’s Auto Outlet.

Car Mate has been manufacturing cargo trailersopen utility and equipment trailersdump trailers, and enclosed car trailers for almost 30 years.  The company supports a dealer network in 16 Northeast US states and three provinces in Canada.

They are committed to the quality of their product over everything else.  Car Mate stands behind their trailer with a warranty that cannot be matched by any other manufacturer in the business.

“100,000 trailers are a lot when you keep the customer in mind.  We have many longtime employees who are unsurpassed in the pride they take in their work.  They are as excited to reach this milestone as we are.  We could not have accomplished this without the help of our dealers and especially all of the Car Mate customers over the years.”, said Greg Snyder, CEO of Car Mate Trailers, Inc.

Introducing the AST from Car Mate Trailers! 
The AST from Car Mate Trailers

The AST features all aluminum construction and is unique to any other aluminum trailer currently on the market.  The AST is available in 5’ x 10’  and a 6’ x 12’ both w/ Gate.  For specifications and pricing, click on the Dealer Locator tab on the home page for your nearest Car Mate dealer.  The AST will be the last utility trailer you ever need to purchase!  It is the “Forever Trailer.”

New for 2011!!!

The Sportster Car Trailer from Car Mate

We are proud to introduce the Sportster Car Trailer featuring Car Mate quality at a value price. Available in 8.5′ by 20′ and 8.5′ by 24′ it is an ideal trailer for the landscaper adding to his fleet, or for the first time landscape trailer buyer. Also a great trailer for hauling and storing your classic car. Some limited options are available at an additional charge they include: screwless exterior, exterior colors, economy wall vents, dome light and tie downs.

A plant tour was conducted for the visiting dignitaries by Rick Rathfon, Director of Sales for Car Mate Trailers.

A plant tour was conducted for the visiting dignitaries by