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In 1955, Earl Schilling, a farmer and veteran of WWII, formed a partnership with his friend Jack Fraley. Together, they started hauling farm equipment on a flatbed trailer just east of Indianapolis. Through their hard work and dedication, they grew the company to about 25 tractors before Earl’s son, Robert Schilling, took over in 1981.
Although Robert didn’t know it at the time, with his determination, experience as a driver, mechanic, and dispatcher, he was ready for the challenge. Robert quickly brought the “ultralight” concept to Fraley & Schilling as he had a vision for the advantage this could bring to F&S. Robert knew that by cutting the weight of the equipment, he could do more with less. Robert began using this concept to expand his company in a healthy manner where it operates with over 600 people all over the eastern half of the US today.