Glade Spring Celebrates 75,000th Dry Van Milestone
And is exceeding expectations as it presses on toward 100,000
Utility Trailer’s Glade Spring, Virginia manufacturing plant surpassed another major milestone when it produced its 75,000th dry van trailer. “This achievement is a testament to the character of everyone at Glade Spring,” 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.”
Built in 2000, the Glade Spring dry van plant is an example of success and determination. In March 2006, the plant set a company record by building 55 trailers in one day on a single line. Three years later, an economic downturn hit Glade Spring hard, but slowly, the dry van business began to grow again.
In the early morning of April 28, 2011, the plant was struck by a tornado. Within hours the facility began the process of rebuilding and reopened at full capacity the week of May 9th, 2011. The facility expanded and a second assembly line was added in April 2012, and one year later, Glade Spring produced its 50,000th 4000D-X Composite® dry van.
Utility 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, 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, VA.