Utility Trailer Manufacturing and Food City Celebrate 50,000th Dry Van Trailer Milestone

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that it has exceeded an important milestone by producing the 50,000th dry van trailer at its Glade Spring, Virginia manufacturing plant.Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (Food City’s parent company) is a locally owned company operating 106 retail supermarkets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The Company commissioned the production of Utility’s 50,000th 4000D-X Composite® dry van manufactured at the Glade Spring, VA plant. “We would like to congratulate Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company and their team of dedicated associates on reaching such an important milestone in their plant’s history,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their success has certainly been vital to our local economy, while providing quality jobs to scores of individuals throughout our region. As a locally owned and operated company ourselves, we’re extremely proud to partner with Utility to not only secure top quality trailers at a very competitive price, but a product that is manufactured right here in our own community by our friends and neighbors.”

On May 21, Utility and Food City celebrated this momentous occasion at the Glade Spring plant. “From one privately held and family-owned company to another, we are pleased that Food City is the company that gets the 50,000th trailer from our Glade Spring plant,” said Craig Bennett, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for Utility. “They are an important customer of ours and we will continue to support their growth by providing them with the highest quality products and solutions for their business.”

Utility currently operates five trailer manufacturing facilities across the United States. The Clearfield, Utah and Marion, Virginia plants manufacture Utility’s #1 selling refrigerated trailer. Utility dry vans are manufactured in Glade Spring, Virginia, and Paragould, Arkansas. Utility also has a facility in Enterprise, Alabama that manufactures flatbeds and Tautliners®.