Address

  • 3830 N. Fratney St. Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Mon - Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm (CST)
  • (800) 558-5580
  • admin@barkow.com

A TRADITION OF QUALITY, INNOVATION AND SERVICE

With over 30 years in the stone carrier industry, and over 137 years in the glass carrier industry; we have the solution to your stone transportation needs. Quality, innovation and service has been our trademark and we continue that today as the exclusive manufacturer of custom stone carriers.

Backed by the experience of building tens of thousands of glazing racks; Barkow combines design and engineering with quality craftsmanship to build a stone carrier to meet your specific needs. We offer a complete selection of stone carriers in various sizes and materials that can be mounted on single-sided cargo vans, pickup trucks, semi-trailers and everything in between. Today, all Barkow stone products are specified and shipped around the world.

Please call our office Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (central time) to discuss how F. BARKOW Inc. can help solve all your stone transportation needs.

John R. Weise, President
(800) 558-5580

F. Barkow stone carrier.

COMPANY HISTORY

1879

Barkow began manufacturing high-quality horse-drawn commercial wagons in Milwaukee. Herman Barkow had learned the wagon-making trade at the Krupp Works in Germany.
1910

With the introduction of motor-driven trucks, Barkow pioneered the development of specialized truck bodies in the Milwaukee area.
1923

Barkow introduced the first of its innovative vertical glass carriers to carry flat glass on truck cabs/chassis. These bodies were originally made of quality woods—primarily basswood, ash and oak.
1947

After World War II, Barkow phased out wooden glass carrier bodies and introduced more durable high-tensile steel construction.
1950's

Barkow developed the unique glass handling system of supporting flat glass with patented rubber Barpads® and Barkleats® for more secure handling of glass.
60/70's

Energy concerns brought about the boom in insulated glass, and the need for glass transport systems capable of handling glass with greater thickness. Outside glass carrier ledgeboards grew from 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ to 5″ wide, as legal truck width limitations increased.
1980's

Barkow introduced glass carriers for pickup trucks and vans made of high-strength, lightweight aluminum material. Around 1985, Barkow applied the same technology used to manufacture carriers and bodies for the glazing industry to the stone industry.
1996

The first company in the U.S. to manufacture stainless steel glass and stone carriers.
1997

Introduced and patented STAKE-LOC self-locking stakes for glass carriers.
1998

Introduced the enclosed glass and stone carrier truck “THE WORKHORSE.
2000's

Today, Barkow offers complete glass and stone handling systems to move flat glass and stone from the end of your production line to the end-user with a minimum of handling and labor costs.