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When Tribe Time is Snow Removal Time

So how often can you shop for a snow plow and see the Tribe play on the same day? YES! It is a magical October indeed. Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 1.40.19 PM.png


We’ve been Tribe fans for 80 years or so, and along with all of Cleveland we’re focused on baseball, but we’ve still gotta work, right? And so do you. That’s why we’re booking pre-season snow plow service and maintenance for our customers now.

In addition to offering the best in new snow plows, salt spreaders and attachments, we also help our customers keep their equipment in shape. Because in Cleveland the weather (and therefore the demands on your business) is hard to predict.

Schedule preseason snowplow maintenance and service appointments now 

Call us and let us know when you can stop by to check out and service your snow removal equipment: 440.232.4311

Are you new to the snow removal business, or looking to add a few more plows (or drivers) this year? Here, a few tips we’ve shared in the past:

What you should know about snow removal in Cleveland

Snow plow & vehicle Q & A from Meyer

2016-2017 Winter in Cleveland: Snow or No Go?

We can’t predict Cleveland weather but we do know a number of Midwest states are predicting salt shortages, which makes clearing snow (and ice) more critical.

And, while ADA regulations require public/government organizations (but not private businesses) to clear sidewalks and other pedestrian right-of-ways, with more ‘walkable’ shopping centers and community/residential developments in use all over Northeast Ohio, many property managers see snow removal as a fundamental requirement, a customer service imperative.

Many of our landscaping clients make an extra round of phone calls now, as their grounds maintenance work is winding down, to solidify contracts for the upcoming snow removal season. Now that you’re thinking about how your’ll manage your snow removal business this winter in Cleveland, it’s also time to stop in and pick up those “little” things you need to get ready – gloves, lights, mirrors, Fluid Film… you name it, if it makes your Landscaping/Snow Removal work in Cleveland easier, we’ve probably got it.

JTI2015WordCloudIf you have any questions about getting started in plowing, how to handle walks and salt/snow melt distribution, or need to test and prep your snow removal equipment before the first flakes fall, get in touch. We’re here to help, 6 days a week. 440.232.4311 And…GO TRIBE!!!



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5 Things To Do With a Trailer (That Might Surprise You)

  1. Take Your Business on the Road! What kind of business? You might be surprised. Mobile pet grooming is popular, but it’s possible to  pretty up people from a trailer, too. A European businesswoman came up with the idea for La Lacquerie, a mobile mani/pedi business, when she was grabbing lunch at a food truck.

    Manicure trailer

    Mobile mani/pedi? Sure!

  2. Show off in a Parade! Thanks to Wild Republic, we  got to enjoy the ride (vicariously, at least).  JTI-WildRep-Parade
  3. Snag some family time. Is owning a trailer the key to having a happy family? We don’t have conclusive proof, but there’s definitely some convincing evidence. In Northeast Ohio, camping is just one way our customers have “fun with a hitch.”JJtrailers-insideTent
  4. Work from anywhere. You can park a trailer on a job site and call it your office, or you can create an office you can haul to any job site. Bright lights, 110-v electrical service, a back-up generator, dry erase boards and a durable, good-looking, no-skid floor? Call us about customizing your cargo trailer/new office: 440.232.4311 custom cargo trailer interior
  5. Downsize. Surely you’ve heard of the tiny houses trend? It’s really on a roll. tiny house on flatbed trailer

What do you use your trailer for? We’d love to hear from you! Want to be featured on our blog? Please contact us.

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Since 1935, we’ve helped our customers use their trailers for work & play, in some surprising and creative ways.  www.JTIinc.com   440.232.4311

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Winter Boat Trailer Maintenance, Storage in Cleveland

Still haven’t winterized your boat trailer? Is it looking at you from the driveway or yard? Treat your trailer right and get that thing outta your sight! Let us repack the bearings and store your boat and trailer until spring. Call now while we still have storage space. Don’t wait any longer…winter IS coming, Cleveland!


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Made in Cleveland Trivia: When Our Love Affair with Farmers’ Markets Began

We are huge fans of local produce – in Cleveland, of course, but wherever you are, local produce is great.

In the 1930s, you could buy a live goose at the Westside Market.

In the 1930s, you could buy a live goose at the Westside Market.

We’re not nutritionists, but we know fruits & veggies are good for you in general, and understand they’re even better when grown close to home. We’ll leave the dietary advice to the experts and instead play a little Cleveland trivia. Do you know how far back our support of local produce goes? Try all the way back to 1935, when the first of Johns Trailers hauled local farmers’ crops to the West Side Market. Yep, that’s how JTI started rolling.

How far does your tomato travel? From Farmers’ Almanac

Our trailers were first made in Cleveland, on Buckeye Road, more than 80 years ago. We’ve gone through a few old photo albums recently and found some fun memories. Sadly, we haven’t found any pics of our trailers actually overflowing with local produce. (If you have such a pic, by all means get in touch!!)  

Vintage JTI image Johns Trailers Inc

Cleveland’s Trailer experts since 1935.

Now, we’ve been in Oakwood Village for a couple of decades now, and we’re still in the trailer business. And although most of the trailers we sell are from manufacturers like Atlas, CarryOn, Floe, and other great names in the trailer industry, we’re hardly “just” in trailer sales today. We customize, service, and repair virtually all makes and models of trailers. And hitches. (Don’t get us started on hitches…that’s a whole different post.)

Anyway, if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably noticed we’re quick to share news about local farmers markets and other growing news. Now you know why.

Here’s to a green and yummy season, and a bountiful harvest – in Cleveland and beyond.


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From the trailers that haul local foods to market to the construction and landscape trailers that have built this city, we’ve got a trailer (and hitch) for that. Stop in or call us, 6 days a week, at 440.232.4311. We’re open in Oakwood Village Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, and Sat 8am-2pm.

More trailer tips, Cleveland trivia, and some bad puns on Twitter and Facebook, 24/7. Our primary website is www.JTIinc.com

Image credits: JTI and Debbie Snook/Plain Dealer.

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Father’s Day Thoughts, 2015

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said to dad, hey, I was wondering if you could help me with a little project this weekend… Umhm. We thought so. And what did he say? Umhmm. We thought so. Dads are pretty dependable. 

Vintage JTI image-JohnBW

Over the course of 80 years in the trailer and hitch business, we’ve met a lot of hardworking people. Some of the busiest and hardest working, of course, are the ones named Dad.

While we’ll be closed on Sunday, we know a lot of our customers named “Dad” will be working on Sunday, like they do every day. They’ll be farming and fixing, mowing the lawn and moving pianos, picking up an extra shift to make ends meet, and teaching their kids how to ride bikes, drive cars, fix roofs, replace driveways… you name it, whether it’s a “real” job or just a day in the life of being a dad, most pops we know will be working this Sunday.

As trailer and hitch experts, we’re not necessarily qualified to give relationship advice. However, we’re absolutely qualified to say this: If you have a chance to hang out with Dad this Sunday, even if it feels a little bit like work, do it. Maybe you could even help him with one of his projects. Just a thought.


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John Agoston, Trailer Manufacturer, Cleveland innovator, and Dad, founded Johns Trailers Inc. in 1935. Here’s to busy guys everywhere!

Happy Father’s Day.


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How a Hitch Can Keep Your Family Together

JTI-boating-family-blogWe’ve got 80 years of trailer and hitch experience, and none in family counseling. That said, we have a theory about trailers and hitches and families.

Here is it: we think hitches and trailers contribute to keeping families strong. Do we have supporting evidence? Well, kind of. Here are some of our best arguments for how a hitch can keep a family together.

Boating is Fun

Newsflash: water sports are a blast. No matter what kind of watercraft you prefer, generally speaking, boating is one of those hobbies that families tend to enjoy doing together. And of course, to haul a boat, you need a hitch and a trailer, right? Ergo…our theory holds water. So to speak.

While many consider boating an expensive hobby, it doesn’t have to be. If yours isn’t already a boating family, you can rent a boat at many NE Ohio parks, including West Branch and Findley State Park.  Of course we’re telling you this for a reason: when you get addicted to boating, you’ll want to see us to learn more about Floe and LoadRite trailers for your new boat 😉

Camping = Quality Time


Time to get the kids out?

If your 8-yo spends several hours a day with his or her face stuck to a cellphone, iPad, DS, PS4 or other screen, it could be a sign you need to get out. Way out – meaning, to the woods. A recent article in Modern Parents/Messy Kids takes a thoughtful look at the subject. Bottom line: if you want to connect with your family, spending a few days in a camper filled with marshmallows is almost sure to do the trick.

(Also, if you spend a few days in a camper filled with marshmallows, you might want to stop by here first to pick up some degreaser. Just a thought…)

Cycling Keeps Families on a Roll

If you haven’t taken a family bike ride in Cleveland, you’re missing out on one of Northeast Ohio’s best activities! And it doesn’t have to be a pain to get the kiddos to one of our great trails. Modern bike racks make loading and unloading a cinch. We sell several that allow for rear access to your vehicle, even when the bikes are mounted.

Now, maybe you have a different kind of bike. Motocross is a family sport, too, right? Whether you’re looking for a bike rack or a biker bar, we’ve got the accessories and experience to keep you rolling. (We even rent a 3-bike trailer. In case you feel a road trip coming on. After all, dirt is some of the stuff that memories are made of!)

Hauling AKA Working

JTI -single vintage pic est 1935While the saying, “the family that plays together stays together” makes for sage advice, we know there’s a lot to be said for working together, too.

In many families, passing along traditions that involve hard work is a point of pride. For decades (make that centuries) Cleveland families have hauled produce to market, roofing shingles to new housing developments, and landscape equipment to parks and ballfields. Among other things! Northeast Ohio families know how to work, together.

Hobby Hauling

Now, even though work comes first and play comes second for most of our customers, they also take play pretty seriously! Whether they’re restoring antique cars, racing horses, or into motocross, snowmobiling, or something else, they depend on their trailers to have fun, together. We LOVE to see our customers have fun with a hitch. (Would you like to share a pic of you and your clan hauling off to make some family memories? We’d love to post them on our Facebook page.)

Family in Tow, Safety on the Go

Families with trailer and hitch experience don’t have a corner on the safety-lecture market, but we think they have occupy a special niche in the safety-experience business. We know many parents who have started teaching the rules of the road to their kids way, way, way before those kids are old enough to qualify for a driver’s license. Safe stopping distance, assured clearance, using mirrors, and a few other lessons practically come attached to every trailer. Experience certainly is a marvelous teacher, and we think kids from families with trailer experience make the best drivers. We’ll admit we may be slightly biased, but hey, this is our blog!

OK, that’s it – our unscientific analysis on how trailers and hitches keep families connected. These theories are our own and based solely on anecdotal evidence, but we’re convinced. Want to get started on some quality family time? We’ve got a trailer for that.


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What hitches you and your family together? We love to see pictures of our customers working hard and having fun!  If you share your photos with us, we might feature them here on our blog or on our Twitter or Facebook page.  Show us how you roll!


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Focus on Innovations in NE OHIO

We’re proud to say we’ve played a part in Cleveland’s history, at least since 1935. But today we highlight the innovations of another Cleveland company and North Coast “neighbor.”

Innovation in Cleveland

innovation is on a roll – in Cleveland! Photo credit: Parker Hannifin/Forbes Magazine

Read the article in Forbes to learn more about some of Parker Hannifin’s latest innovations – including exoskeletal supports to help injured veterans and others walk again. The company isn’t new to innovations, of course.  From a role in getting the Spirit of St. Louis off the ground to a hydraulic system for sanitation trucks that cuts fuel costs by 30-50%, Parker has been pumping out some seriously cool products since 1918.

Interested in finding out about some of the newest innovations and improvements in trailers and hitches? You know who to call! _______________________________________________________________

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Need a trailer to keep your innovative business rolling? Contact us. We’ve been Cleveland’s Trailer & Hitch Experts since 1935. Call 440.232.4311, or connect on Twitter or Facebook.

Know some NE Ohio innovators we should highlight? Please tell us.