In Recognition of Over 50 Years as a Pioneer in…
A Manufacturing Milestone
Utility’s Clearfield, Utah Plant exceeds 100,000 Reefer Trailers
Utility’s two Clearfield, Utah manufacturing facilities combined have exceeded a production milestone of producing over 200,000 reefer trailers. The first Clearfield plant was opened in 1965, and then closed in 2001 when a new facility opened that same year. The newer, larger Clearfield facility adjacent to the original location recently produced its 100,000th reefer trailer.
“We designed the current Clearfield facility specifically to build the 3000R®. The facility exceeds 500,000 square feet in order to house the advanced tooling which is required to build the 3000R with technology that sets it apart from the competition,” said Jeff Bennett, Vice President of Engineering & Product Development. “This is the reason why the 3000R remains the #1 selling refrigerated trailer in North America.” The larger space has enabled Utility to improve production efficiencies and expand. The current factory includes a 2nd assembly line at Clearfield for high-option trailers. With these efficiencies, Utility’s Clearfield facility has nearly tripled the production capacity of the original plant.
The plant is now the largest refrigerated trailer manufacturing facilities in the world. The Clearfield plant celebrated this momentous occasion as the 100,000th reefer trailer was delivered to Utility’s longtime customer, Stevens Transport. Founded in 1980 by Steve Aaron, Stevens Transport is a family owned business that has grown into one of the four largest temperature-controlled carriers in the United States. Joined by his son Clay, who is now President of the refrigerated trucking company, Stevens Transport offers logistics services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Utility is the largest producer of refrigerated vans. Along with the Clearfield, Utah plant, the 3000R is also manufactured in Marion, Virginia.
Pictured from left to right in front of the 100,000th 3000R® trailer for Stevens Transport: Joe Maylin, Human Resource Manager; Ron Valentine, Quality Assurance Manager; Gary Foy, Materials Manager; Todd Smith, Plant Superintendent; Steve Smith, Plant Manager; Dennis Wilson, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager; Mike Egbert, Plant Engineer
Pictured from Left to Right: Dave Wallace, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company; Steve Aaron, Stevens Transport, Chairman & CEO; Clay Aaron, Stevens Transport, President; Packy Watson, Utility Trailer of Dallas