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Ernest Holmes Co.


Specialist manufacturer of wrecker bodies for trucks. 


Specialist manufacturer of wrecker bodies for trucks. 

Holmes' invention has become the leading vehicle in rescuing and transporting of vehicles that can't be driven at the current time. The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum was built in Chattanooga. It is a home to a collection and history of the tow truck and how it has evolved since its inception in the early 20th century.

Ernest Holmes, Sr. died in 1943, and was succeeded by his son. Ernest Holmes, Jr. who ran the company until he retired in 1973. That year the company was sold to the Dover Corporation. At this time the founder’s grandson, Gerald Holmes, left the company and started a new one, Century Wreckers. He built his own manufacturing facility in nearby Ooltewah, Tennessee, and quickly rivalled the original company with his modern hydraulically powered wreckers.

What was left of the Ernest Holmes Company, at that time owned by Dover, transformed into Miller Industries under the supervisor of his son Mildred Holmes. Miller Industries is headquartered in Ooltewah, TN. Ernest Holmes Co., still spiritually lives on through Miller Industries.

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