CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds and Tautliner curtain-sided trailers, is on target to manufacture its 500,000th refrigerated van in 2017.
Since 1994, Utility has been the No. 1 manufacturer of refrigerated vans in the Americas, and the 3000R continues to maintain its industry leadership, according to Craig Bennett, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Utility Trailer.
“When our Clearfield, Utah, plant recently manufactured its 250,000th reefer, we decided to add up the total number of reefers manufactured in our history,” Bennett said. “The number turned out to be over 490,000 refrigerated vans. With what we have in the pipeline, we will hit half a million reefers sometime this year.”
Utility Trailer currently operates two reefer manufacturing facilities in the United States, dedicated to building of 3000R refrigerated van, and maintains over 50 percent market share. “We continue to improve and innovate our reefer design and are proud of its unsurpassed performance in the field,” Bennett said.
In 1965 Utility opened its Clearfield plant at Freeport Center.
This plant closed in 2001 after building nearly 100,000 reefers when a retooled, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility was completed nearby.
The new Clearfield plant was designed specifically to build the completely re-engineered Utility 3000R reefer.
To meet increased market demand for refrigerated vans, Bennett said Utility opened its Marion, Virginia, plant in 1989.
With production at capacity, it too is nearing its next manufacturing milestone.
Prior to these two dedicated reefer manufacturing facilities, Utility manufactured its refrigerated van products in its City of Industry, California, and El Paso, Texas.
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