Please, Wear Your Seatbelt | Chris’s Story

A few weeks ago, here at Amthor, we received an email that stopped us in our tracks. The email was from a man named Chris, and he shared—with tears in his eyes—the story of a horrible accident that would forever change his life. His story deeply moved us, and we wanted to share it in hopes that it will do the same for you.

Chris explained he was driving one of our 2,000-gallon Matador Runabouts ( a portable restroom tank truck), when his truck hydroplaned at 70 mph. Losing control, his vehicle flew sideways up a grass freeway embankment, catching air and rolling four times before it rested.


The accident crushed the cab and was a total loss. But remarkably, the tank itself was undamaged. The only damage was a slight bend in the uppermost paper box on the driver side, easily beaten back into shape, along with a slight angle in the license plate bracket.

Miraculously, Chris walked entirely away from this accident without any injuries and was able to go home to his family that night. For that, we are immensely grateful.

The Amthor tank was the only barrier preventing the cab from being crushed with him inside. The tank did not separate from the frame due to the unique tie-down system Butch Amthor designed many years ago.  We realize this story could have ended very differently, and we are thankful that Chris is here to share his story with us.  It reminds us of the enormous responsibility we have for our customers and the integrity of every tank we manufacture.

In his email, Chris stated,

“Thank you to every single team member who is involved in the process of creating the tanks—from the designer who sketched it, all the way to the person who put the final touch of the tank and everyone in between.”

That being said, we are noting that Chris was an extremely fortunate man because he also informed us that he was not wearing a seatbelt. We are sobered by the fact that this story could have ended very differently, and feel the call to encourage our customers to always wear their seatbelts.

We are aware it can be tempting to remain unbuckled when your job requires continuously going in and out of the truck—but unfortunately, accidents do happen. It is our deep desire to ensure that our customers go home to their families safely. So, when you’re on the road, wear your seatbelt; if you are a fleet operations manager, scheduler, or controller—please remind your drivers to buckle up. For safety and for family.

His story deeply moved us, and we wanted to share it in hopes that it will do the same for you.


Amthor International Stock Units

Here at Amthor International, we’ve earned a reputation as one of the best tanker truck manufacturers in the entire country due to the quality of our tanker trucks, the variety of trucks that we offer and the incredible customization options and our dedication to customer service. It’s this dedication to customer service that has driven us to increase our stock unit inventory even more.

Our Stock Unit Inventory

We have recently increased our stock unit inventory so that our customers will not only have more options to choose from, but will have almost immediate access to the trucks that they purchase. Specifically, we have increased our stock unit inventory of tanks, chassis, and completed units.

We make it a point to have more than a hundred different chassis in stock at all times, including different makes, models and sizes. We also carry bare tanks if you already own a chassis. You’ll have no trouble finding the bare tank that you need either since we carry various different makes and models.

Because we have so many different tanks in our inventory, we can assemble them on a chassis for you as quickly as possible. In fact, we also have multiple complete units that are turnkey and ready to go, which means that we can ship them to you as soon as possible.

Here at Amthor International, we can meet all of your tanker truck needs. Contact us at Amthor International today for more information about our inventory of tanks, chassis and completed units, or for information regarding our tanker trucks in general.

Amthor International Parts

One of our goals at Amthor International is to be your one-stop-shop for all of your tanker truck needs. That’s why we offer such a large selection of tanker trucks, all of which are fully customizable. We even have financing options, which means you don’t have to go through multiple businesses to get the tanker trucks you need. If that wasn’t enough, we also supply spare parts.

Our Amthor International Parts Department

When we do business with somebody, it’s not just about making a sale and moving on. We strive to establish a lasting relationship. That’s why we offer replacement parts for all of our tanker trucks. This makes it easy for you to get everything you need from one place, and you’ll find any part you need here at Amthor International.

Not only do we offer a full line of replacement parts for every tank model, style, and equipment that we carry, we also stock components from all major manufacturers. You’ll be able to find the highest quality parts from some of the most reputable brands in the industry at our parts department.

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve decided to make access to our tanker trucks parts as convenient as possible. Not only do we provide quick shipping to your place of business (or wherever you prefer to have them shipped), you can also pick your parts up directly from our plant if you need them immediately.

Need to Customize a Tanker Truck?

If you need a new tanker truck for your business, then there’s no manufacturer as reputable or well regarded as Amthor International. It doesn’t matter what type of tanker truck you’re looking for – odds are, we have it. Our selection of tanker trucks include fire tankers, propane tank trucks, aviation fuel tankers, toilet trucks, crane bodies, waste oil trucks, waterbeds, water tanks, vacuum tanks and more. But what makes our selection of tanker trucks so much more superior than those of the competition is the customization options that we offer.

Our Tanker Truck Customization Options

Our goal is to make sure that whatever type of tanker truck you need, that you’ll be able to get one from Amthor International that fits your specifications. If you just need a basic model, then you can purchase one of our floor units or one of our pre-owned units. However, if your business has specific needs that have to be met with specific functions or features, odds are we’ll be able to help you.

We allow our clients to customize their tanker trucks to their specs. There is a wide selection of customization options available, from tank sizes to the number and size of the tanker’s compartments to the material used to manufacture the tanker. Most of our tankers have a Build Your Own page that allows you to go through the various options available for each type of tanker. You can practically customize everything down to the painting and lettering of the tanker!

One thing that pleases our clients about the ability to customize their tanker trucks is that no matter what type of customization options they choose, their tanker truck order will be 100 percent manufactured on American soil – which means that you’ll be ensuring that your money goes into the American economy instead of overseas.

If you have any questions regarding our tanker truck customization options, please feel free to contact us at Amthor International today. We work closely with every one of our clients in order to identify what their specific needs are and to determine how we can meet those needs.

Amthor International Tanker Truck

If you need a tanker truck, then you’ll have a large selection of different types of tanker trucks to choose here at Amthor International. We are a fourth generation company that can meet your tanker truck needs no matter what they are. Not only do we have floor models of our many different tank trucks available, we also offer pre-owned units and can customize tanker trucks to your unique specifications if needed. The following are just a few of the different types of tanker trucks that we offer:

Propane Tank Trucks – If you need to deliver propane fuel to your customers, then you’ll be sure to find what you need when it comes to propane tank trucks. Not only do we have four different models to choose from, we can also build your propane tank truck to your specifications. We also have a Combo tanker truck that can be fitted with a rear deck cover that will protect your equipment from rain and snow.

Vacuum Tank Trucks – We provide a number of options when it comes to vacuum tank trucks, whether you need a code or a non-code tank. For example, we offer both stationary vacuum tanker trucks or dumping vacuum tanker trucks that come with a full opening rear door. One of our newest vacuum tank truck innovations is the CLAW, which is a series of hydraulic arms that open and close the vacuum truck’s rear door. The CLAW allows for a tighter seal, not to mention safer and more convenient operation.

Tanker Trailers – Our tanker trailers, which are available in Cardinal or Monarch models, can be used to transport refined fuels along with potable and non-potable water. There are a number of tank options to decide on, and we can build your tank to hold upwards of 10,000 gallons. The trailer can be built out of aluminum, steel and stainless steel.

Portable Restroom Trucks – We offer two types of portable restroom trucks – the Matador Flat Vacuum and the Matador Runabout. The Flat Vac holds six to 12 toilets, while the Runabout can be built with an 800 to 2,000 gallon capacity. Both can be customized to fit your needs.

These are just a sampling of some of the type of tanker trucks that we have to offer. Be sure to visit us at Amthor International today for more information about our new, pre-owned and customized tanker trucks.

Tommy Webber Joins Amthor as Distributor

Tommy WebberTommy Webber and his team at Spartan Tank & Trailer, Spartanburg, SC has joined Amthor International as distributors of the full Amthor product line as announced by Brian Amthor, VP.

Tommy Webber has spent over 45 years in the sales and manufacturing of refined fuel and all related tank trucks. He served as a sales representative for Oilmen’s Tank Trucks for many years and after leaving Oilmen’s, Tommy Webber and his son Stephen founded Spartan Tank and Trailer in 2009, a distributor of vacuum, oil, portable restroom, water, propane, and refined fuel trucks.

“We welcome Tommy and Spartan Tank to the Amthor team and are delighted that he has agreed to join us,” stated Brian Amthor, VP. “Tommy brings years of experience, knowledge and contacts within our industry; he is extremely well respected in the industry for his ability and willingness to help customers. It is a huge honor for Amthor International to have Tommy on board.”

Tommy can be reached at 888-371-8265 or at

Amthor International Introduces The Claw

Amthor’s innovation for rear door operation on vacuum tanks will be introduced at the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo on Tuesday, Feb 25, 10:00am

Amthor-theClaw-finalAmthor International will introduce The CLAW (patent pending), a series of hydraulic arms to open and close the rear door on vacuum trucks, eliminating the use of wing nuts along the top and sides. The CLAW will be unveiled at the Amthor booth (#4327) at the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo, Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday, Feb 25, 10:00am. Additional demonstrations will also be conducted throughout the trade show.

“No longer does the driver have to climb ten to thirteen feet in the air to tighten down the rear door,” explains Brian Amthor, VP, Marketing. “All he has to do is pull a lever and the arms extend and reach out to release or pull the door in which will ensure a much tighter seal than any human can provide manually. The CLAW locks past center and even if pressure is lost or the cylinder falls to operate, the latch will not be loosened.”


Amthor’s CLAW design can be used on any code or non-code vacuum tank and is available mid-first quarter of 2014. The increase in cost over the standard wing nut design is minimal. The CLAW increases driver safety and saves money on unnecessary tank repairs due to incorrect operation. For more information on this innovation please contact Brian Amthor at

Amthor International, a fourth generation family-owned company, is the nation’s largest and most diverse manufacturer of truck mounted tanks, which include uses for the refined fuel, propane, mining, vacuum and septic, portable restroom, water, well drilling, and construction industries. The company has grown from a 1928 blacksmith shop in Ellenville, N.Y., to its two locations today. At their Gretna headquarters, the company operates an 86,000 square foot plant and employs over one hundred people. Amthor International has been named to the Inc. 5000 of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US.

The Cardinal: Customized for Every Need

The Cardinal refined fuel tank is the flagship model for the Amthor International refined fuel tank line. Available in five rear canopy styles — the Champion, Clipper, Classic, Classic II and the Combo — the Cardinal tank meets the needs of fuel customers no matter where they are located or the job they need to get done. “Over the years this product has evolved to where it is today,” explains Brian Amthor. “Each industry serviced by the Cardinal has its own special requirements that we work to meet; from aviation refueling to home heating oil to oilfield application — each industry’s needs are different from the other.” This is why Amthor will never be classified as a cookie-cutter manufacturer because we build and adapt our product to what the customer needs; we reinvent each and every day.

In addition to the different styles, the Cardinal offers numerous design options, such as tank material including aluminum, steel and stainless steel. We firmly believe as people change, markets change and as a supplier we need to change as well. If products didn’t change Ford would still be selling the Model T and the same goes for Amthor tank models!

We build tanks to exceed the operating conditions for which they are intended. For example, Amthor builds special tank features for all units that operate in the oilfield including thicker floors and extra internal supports. We even build tanks for non-air ride suspensions such as the Mack Camelback, which no other manufacturers offer. “My father’s adage is that the only “NO” in his vocabulary is “No Problem” which is something we proudly adhere to each and every day,” explains Brian Amthor.

Additionally, Amthor International offers numerous extra options on their tanks from cabinets to air railings to special overflow sensors, but this list is not exhaustive; if an option is not specified and a customer needs it, if it is doable Amthor will do it. “As the most diverse and largest truck mounted tank manufacturer in North America we didn’t get here by just pure luck, we got here by offering a great product and building it to exceed the customers expectations,” concludes Brian Amthor. Customers just need to let us know what they need. We are here to make it happen.