Cabmate was initially developed in 1980 when truck driver Bill Nibbelink was searching for a more comfortable ride. Bill built the first cab air ride suspension for his red class 8 truck, and then started making additional units in his garage. The result of his efforts was Cabmate and its popularity quickly became evident. Link Manufacturing was soon on its way with this first product and opened its first factory in 1984.

Link’s Visual History

Cabmate and Link Milestones Span Nearly 40 Years

1980

Bill Nibbelink built the first cab air ride suspension for his class 8 truck. During the winter he started making more units in his garage.

1984

First factory opened in Sioux Center, Iowa.

1989

Quality products and service lead to expansion and growth. Link completes first major plant expansion.

1992

Link builds corporate office to support additional organizational needs.

1996

Link earns initial ISO certification.

1999

Link completes major expansion with a Plant 1 addition and new Plant 2 facility.

2000

Link begins significant transformation toward factory automation with robotic welders.

2008

Link celebrates the production of 1,000,000 Cabmate suspensions.

Link opens Plant 3 to support auxiliary suspension product growth.

2009

Link opens Applied Technology Center for increased development of specialty engineered suspensions.

2012

Link expands the chassis suspension division with the introduction of Link Suspensions of Canada (Nisku, Alberta)

2017

Link introduces Road Optimized Innovations (ROI) program.
A new line of technologically advanced suspension systems and components for heavy duty trucks.

2018

Link attains IATF 16949:2016 certification.

2019

Link achieves the production of 2,000,000 Cabmate Suspensions

The Legacy Continues with ROI Cabmate

We are currently developing the ROI Cabmate that maximizes ride comfort and offers greater protection to the vehicle.

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Cabmate Celebration

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to produce two million cabmate suspensions. Watch how we celebrated with employees and the local community.

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ROI Cabmate

The future is bright with ROI Cabmate. Learn how this cab suspension maximizes driver comfort and better protects electronics, then see it in action.

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Official Announcement

Read more about our two millionth Cabmate milestone and how we are celebrating with our employees and customers.

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