LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Wabash National Corp. has hired 100 temporary associates with plans to hire 90 more during the quarter, the semi trailer builder said.
“Our Lafayette operations are beginning to see production and customer demand levels not seen since 2008,” said Brent Yeagy, vice president and general manager of Transportation Products Group for Wabash National. “We are excited to see order levels finally growing to a point that creates a need for additional associates.”
Wabash National attributes the need for additional hires to recent improving trends in freight demand driven by general strengthening in the economy.
“While it is too early to declare that recent demand will prove to be sustainable, we are none the less encouraged by the increased quote and order activity of late,” said Dick Giromini, president and CEO of Wabash National. “We are hopeful that the addition of the new hires will be long-term.”
Earlier this week, the company confirmed a three year purchase agreement with Swift Transportation Co. Inc. which calls for building 3,100 new DuraPlate HD dry vans over the next 12 months. Trailer production for the 3,100 units will begin at the end of March, Wabash National said.
Wabash National’s DuraPlate HD is the trailer of choice for Swift.
“Our goal is to continue to offer our customers the most reliable and efficient equipment, so that they experience outstanding overall performance from Swift Transportation,” said President and Chief Operating Officer of Swift Transportation Richard Stocking. “We believe the DuraPlate HD from Wabash National is the best trailer equipment option to help us achieve that goal.”
Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash NationalCorp. is one of the leading manufacturers of semi trailers in North America. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dump trailers, truck bodies and intermodal equipment. Its innovative core products are sold under the DuraPlate, ArcticLite, FreightPro, Eagle and Benson brand names.
The company operates two wholly owned subsidiaries: Transcraft Corp., a manufacturer of flatbed, drop deck, dump trailers and truck bodies; and Wabash National Trailer Centers, trailer service centers and retail distributors of new and used trailers and aftermarket parts throughout the U.S.
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