Independent Truck Company is a skateboard truck manufacturer based in
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. Established in 1978, the company is owned by NHS, Inc. and sponsors an extensive list of team riders.


The company was co-founded by Richard Novak, Jay Shiurman, Fausto Vitello, and Eric Swenson and the ''Stage 1'' model was the inaugural product, released on May 23, 1978, in Newark, California. The Independent truck (or "Indy") was designed as a response to the lack of quality skateboard trucks on the market at the time. In reference to the two other major truck companies on the market, Blackhart stated that ''one broke, and one didn’t turn'' (Bennett Trucks and Tracker Trucks, respectively).Denike, Bob. ''Built to Grind: 25 Years of hardcore skateboarding from the archives of Independent Truck Company''. San Francisco: NHS, 2004. Print. Independent trucks are manufactured with: *high quality aircraft grade T6 aluminum alloy *high tensile SAE 4130 Chromoly alloy steel axles *high rebound formula stock bushings.

Product releases

*Stage 1 - 1978 *Stage 2 - 1979 *Stage 3 - 1982 *Stage 4 - 1984 *Stage 5 - 1986 *Stage 6 - 1991 *Stage 7 - 1993 *Stage 8 - 1997 *Stage 9 - 2003 *Stage 10 - 2009 *Stage 11 - 2012


The logo for the trucks was based on the
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according to the author, Jim Phillips. It has remained the Independent logo since the company's inception and was derived from the French variation of the
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. Jim Phillips says in his 2007 book "The Art of Jim Phillips": In 2021, after many vocalized opinions that the cross was indeed too "Nazi-like", the main logo was changed and they now only occasionally use the iron cross logo.


External links

*{{Official website, www.independenttrucks.com Skateboarding companies 1978 establishments in the United States