Centennial Celebration at Six Robblees
February 12, 2013
Over the past 100 years, Six Robblees Inc. has grown from a small family business with three employees to a small family business with 165 employees and 18 locations across five states.
Their product offerings have also grown; from wheels to trailer axles to today’s offering of complete heavy-duty truck and trailer components including brakes and suspensions, filters, lighting and accessories.
Six Robblees started in 1913 when three brothers went into business tuning bicycle spokes. By the end of World War I, that had transformed to race car wheels for the Indy car circuit.
In 1919, they took on Budd wire wheels and one brother designed and built truck hubs for pneumatic tire conversions. When one of the original brothers, Jim Robblee, passed away in 1930, he willed his interest to his remaining six brothers and the company then became Six Robblees.
As things progressed during the 1960s, Dave Robblee, through his industry networking with National Wheel and Rim Association, expanded the business into custom wheels, installer undercarriage auto parts and a complete line of tire shop supplies and equipment.
The company added locations and acquired other businesses to grow into what is now 18 locations operating in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Montana. Six Robblees’ joined Heavy Duty America in 1982 as one of the original members and remains a strong, active supporter of the HDA Truck Pride organization today.