Media Room

Here you'll find news stories for McLaughlin Family Companies, as well as a news archive for older news stories.

Scranton Manufacturing Brings New Life to Custom Fiberglass Coaches


The parent company of New Way refuse trucks and the Bowie and Porta-Vet line of mobile veterinary clinics has recently acquired another company in the animal industry. Custom Fiberglass Coaches manufactures truck-mounted fiberglass units made to transport a variety of animals, fitting well alongside the Bowie and Porta-Vet product lines. From their headquarters in the small town of Scranton, IA (population approximately 750), Scranton Manufacturing now leads six brands that create a range of products in use around the world.

Custom Fiberglass Coaches originated in Homosassa Springs, Florida, growing thanks to their willingness to listen and improve their product based on industry feedback. They stayed in constant communication with animal control agencies, humane societies, rescue groups, and wildlife conservationists to develop a product that was focused on keeping animals and their handlers safe. Over the years, their product quality continued to improve and gain respect in the animal control industry. The company's latest unit, The BackSaver, revolutionized the industry with its hoisted cage that lifts heavy or dangerous animals into the unit.

Dedication to quality will continue under the new parent company, says Scranton president Michael McLaughlin. "We continue to build on the high quality of our related animal care brands by combining engineering and design strengths. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction will be just as high for Custom Fiberglass Coaches." New photos and video of the products are already on the website (, which Scranton says are just the start of many exciting new developments to come.

Continue to Custom Fiberglass Coaches


More information about Scranton Manufacturing can be found online at Scranton Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1971. Its New Way products offer a full line of affordable refuse equipment. New Way has become America’s fastest growing manufacturer in the waste industry. They have expanded to sell units internationally and have two joint ventures in China.