Independent Truck Company is one of the largest skating companies, with roots in the Santa Cruz skating scene. Independent started producing their legendary Independent trucks in 1978 and since then they have produced all their trucks in San Francisco.
Independent was established by four skaters (among them Fausto Vitello, who's also the man behind the Trasher Magazine), who felt there wasn’t any high-quality trucks on the market, which at that point was dominated by Bennett and Tracker. Such a statement commits you to produce a better product – and that was exactly what Independent did. Since Independent was established, the Independent skateboard trucks have been preferred by many pro-skaters.