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Utility Expands Dry Van Plant in Paragould, Arkansas and Reefer Plant in Marion, Virginia
Expansion plans are now complete at Utility’s manufacturing plants in Paragould and Marion. Utility has added over 70,000 square feet of additional space between the two facilities.
The 22,000 square foot expansion at Paragould includes a new modification center that accommodates more customized dry van trailers with complex or multiple options. The modification center has been expanded to include 12 new drive-through trailer bays and an additional employee lunchroom.
At the Marion plant, Utility has constructed a new 50,000 square foot modification center for high option and complex refrigerated trailers as well as an additional employee lunchroom. The expansion also includes the acquisition of over 100 acres of property adjacent to the facility to accommodate additional parking for up to 1,400 trailers.
In early spring of this year, Utility added a 2nd assembly line at the Glade Spring, VA plant. The 2nd assembly line has significantly increased production for the popular 4000D-X Composite® dry van trailer. Along with the two current expansions now complete, Utility will be able to meet customers’ growing demands for high option reefers and dry vans while allowing for increased production of more standardized trailers.
Utility has hired additional employees to accommodate for the production increases. This has created more job opportunities in Glade Spring, Marion, Paragould and their surrounding areas.
Utility currently operates five trailer manufacturing facilities across the United States. The Clearfield, Utah and Marion, Virginia plants manufacture Utility’s #1 selling 3000R® refrigerated trailer. Utility’s 4000D-X Composite® and 4000D® dry van trailers are manufactured in Glade Spring, Virginia, and Paragould, Arkansas. Utility also has a facility in Enterprise, Alabama that manufactures flatbeds and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers.