“This is a powerful testament to the character of our Glade Spring employees,” said Craig Bennett, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for Utility. “They have overcome several challenges and have earned the admiration of Utility and the local community.” In the early morning of April 28th, 2011, the Glade Spring community was struck by an EF-3 tornado, critically damaging the Utility plant. Utility employees pulled together and within hours began the process of rebuilding. The plant reopened at full capacity the week of May 9th, 2011. The facility then expanded with a second assembly line added in April 2012, and in following year, the plant produced its 50,000th dry van.
Utility recently hosted a celebration to mark the 75,000th milestone, which was well attended by several notable city and state officials that included the Washington County Board of Supervisors, the Mayor of Glade Spring, and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. “We were honored to have the leadership of our community attend this special event,” said Sam Cassell, Utility’s Glade Spring, Virginia Plant Manager. “We are also pleased to have Barry Pottle and his family with us to receive the 75,000th trailer. Pottle’s Transportation has been a long-standing customer of Utility and we appreciate their commitment.” The celebration took place on Wednesday, April 13th at the Utility Trailer Manufacturing Plant in Glade Spring.
About Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America’s oldest privately owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. Founded in 1914, the company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, and side skirts. Utility currently operates five trailer manufacturing facilities across the United States. Utility’s 3000R® and the 3000R® multi-temp refrigerated trailers are manufactured at the Marion, Virginia and Clearfield, Utah plants. The 4000D-X Composite® and 4000D™ dry vans are manufactured at the Glade Spring, Virginia and Paragould, Arkansas plants. The 4000A®, 4000S™, and drop deck flatbeds as well as the Tautliner® are all manufactured at the Enterprise, Alabama facility. Utility also has an extensive independent dealer network with over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Visit: www.utilitytrailer.com for more information.