Billy and Linda Hawkins started Southern Sales, Inc. in 1979 selling simple
tools such as hoists, presses, saws, parts washers, and engine stands. In 1985,
they expanded the business by manufacturing tow dollies in a single metal
structure with only three employees. Their goal was to build the best tow dolly
on the market, one that offered more features than any other tow dolly ever
built. Their hard work paid off and the new tow dolly design was a success.
Sales grew rapidly from as few as 15 tow dollies per week in the first year to
well over 60 tow dollies per week by the late 1990ís when the line was
It was because of the new tow dollyís success that the business expanded again
in 1992, with the addition of a line of hydraulic tilt car haulers. The SSI
model was the very first hydraulic tilt car hauler on the market, even today
with national manufacturing competition it remains one of the most affordable
and best designed car hauler you can buy.
By 1995, the success of using hydraulics on trailers
naturally evolved to be a valuable line of hydraulic
dump trailers, and another new product line was
launched. Billy's commitment to affordable pricing and
improvements in the manufacturing of this one line of
trailers has established Southern Sales, Inc. as a
leader in the trailer manufacturing industry.
In 2001, equipment trailers were added to the product line, and as before, it
became a very popular and profitable addition to our product line. This trailer
was instrumental in setting SSI dealers apart from the crowd by offering
features that our competitors could not match.
In 2006, SSI tooled up for the production of the innovative 2-in-1 Dumpster
Trailer; a single universal frame with the ability to load, unload and haul
container beds of different sizes. Due to the affordability and versatility of
this dump-trailer-container design, hundreds of new opportunities have been
created for contractors, roofers, farmers, landscapers and other hauling
Today, Southern Sales has grown to a complex of ten
manufacturing buildings covering seven acres.