A Legacy of Innovation and Service

Our journey from blacksmithing to modern vehicle upfitting.

Arthur Statler laid the foundation for A.R. Statler Body Works in 1927, operating out of their home on Main Street in Marion, Pennsylvania. Back then, the focus was on blacksmith work, with a significant shift towards replacing iron wheels with rubber tires. The business grew as Arthur’s sons, Harold and Donald, joined in, specializing in crafting flat beds and dump bodies, along with custom equipment tailored to customers’ unique needs. Notably, they constructed Marion Fire Company’s inaugural fire truck. As time passed, A.R. Statler Body Works expanded its offerings to include the sale of Allis Chalmers tractors, eventually diversifying into truck bodies and upfitting for various OEMs.

In May 1987, Donald Statler passed the torch to John and Brenda Myers, who ushered in a new era of growth. Under their leadership, the business expanded its product lines to include an extensive range of dump bodies, flat beds, snow plows, salt spreaders, as well as comprehensive parts and service support.

In June 2013, Jimmy and Michele Wade assumed ownership, marking the next chapter of the company’s history. After 84 years in the same Marion building, the operation has transitioned to a larger facility in Chambersburg, enabling further expansion and service to our valued customers. We express our sincere gratitude to our loyal patrons and eagerly anticipate welcoming new customers into our extended family.