FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1938
Most successful family businesses don't begin their stories in the Great Depression. But Jacobsen Trailer, Inc. is an exception. During the 1930's, Ernest Jacobsen started Selma Trailer to manufacture farm trailers to farmers in California's San Joaquin Valley, one of the largest agricultural areas in the United States. he built trailers for cotton and grape farmers with parts salvaged from Model T fords, and may have built the first rubber tired farm trailers. Ernest Jacobsen's success during the Depression hinged on his ability to scavenge parts from his auto wrecking yard.