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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.
www.utilitytrailer.com / HQ: City of Industry, Calif. / Specialty: Truck trailers / Utility Trailer
Manufacturing Co.: "When our trailers perform on our test track, they perform in the real world."

West

Within the past six years, the company made 100 percent LED lighting on
all of its trailers, introduced its Adjustable Load Securement System and
developed its EPA SmartWay verified
Advanced Side Skirt. In 2013, it made
roll stability a standard feature on its
3000R refrigerated trailers.
Today, the company claims to be the
largest producer of refrigerated vans
and the third largest trailer manufacturer in the United States. "Our historical position as America's largest
producer of refrigerated vans is a direct result of our management's focus
on providing innovative solutions to
customer problems," it says.

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utility trailer says it is the
country's largest producer
of refrigerated vans.

Legacy Builder

utility trailer's legacy of innovation has made
it a leader in trailer manufacturing.
As one of the premier manufactures
of high value, light weight trailers and
transportation products, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. prides itself on
how customers use its products to reliably transport goods that elevate the
standard of living all over the world.
Founded in 1914, Utility is one of
the country's oldest family-operated
trailer manufacturers. Brother E.W.
and H.C. Bennett began the company
with a single axle trailer that could accommodate up to 60 bales of cotton.
It soon earned a reputation for innovation. Utility was the first company
to put a mechanical brake on a trailer
and in the late 1920s was one of the
first trailers manufacturers to use du36

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ralumin metal in an all-riveted frame.
When the Great Recession created a
steel shortage, the company went and
purchased its own steel foundry in
California so that it could supply the
materials for its castings.
The legacy of innovation continued
throughout the decades. In the 1960s,
the company developed a proprietary
foam-in-place insulation process
to reduce the weight of refrigerated
trucks. A decade later, it introduced
the first door in the industry to eliminate foam-piercing hardware in
reefers and created a waterproof electrical wiring harness with a 10-year
warranty. Utility continues to push
the technology its in trailers forward.

Manufacturing is done at Utility's five
factories. Refrigerated trailers are
made out of the company's plants in
Mario, Va., and Clearfield Utah. Utility's line of dry vans are produced at
facilities in Glade Spring, Va., and Paragould, Ark., while flatbed and Tautliner vehicles are manufactured in
Enterprise, Ala.
In April, the company celebrated
the 75,000dry van trailer manufactured at its Glade Springs facility.
That would be a notable milestone for
any manufacturing plant, but it was
an especially important symbol of the
strength for the Utility family in the
area. On April 28, 2011, an EF-3 tornado struck the town and critically damaged the Utility plant. Within hours,
Utility employees began to rebuild
and the plan returned to full capacity less than a month later. Utility rewarded its employees' perseverance
by investing in the plant with a second
assembly line in April 2012.
"This is a powerful testament to the
character of our Glade Springs employees," Craig Bennett, senior vice
president of sales and marketing, said


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