Clement begins aluminum trailer plant

Clement Industries has begun construction on a new 20,000-square-foot building that will be used solely for the manufacture of its new line of aluminum dump trailers. Located adjacent to its 146,000-sq.-ft. steel trailer manufacturing facility in Minden LA, the new plant will be “state-of-the-art,” according to Clement President Greg Hicks.

“After years of innovation in steel dump trailers, we built our first aluminum trailers in 2002,” said Hicks. “Utilizing the successful experience gained over the past five years, a complete new line of aluminum dumps will be introduced to the market. We have reached the point in the development of our aluminum business, that this large commitment of resources is necessary if we are to fully exploit our opportunities for continued growth.”

Many months have been spent on the planning of this new aluminum facility. “We have two goals to accomplish with this new facility,” said Hicks. “We intend to build trailers with quality that's second to none, and with efficiencies such that our customers get ‘more bang for the buck’ with their Clement aluminum trailers.”

Declining to give specifics about the plant's design and equipment, Hicks did say “robotics manufacturing techniques” will be a significant part of the new process. This new facility will be fully operational by mid-2008.

As with its steel trailers, the aluminum trailers will be marketed by a Clement distributor network throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and around the world.

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