Pitts Enterprises has acquired the assets of Dorsey Trailer, including Dorsey’s 800,000-sq-ft plant in Elba, Alabama.
The purchase was finalized June 14, according to Jeff Pitts, president of Pitts Enterprises.
With the acquisition, Pitts Enterprises now owns and operates three trailer divisions: Pitts Trailers in Pittsview, Alabama; Dynaweld Trailers of Columbus, Georgia; and Dorsey Trailer. Pitts was recently classified by industry sources as the 22nd largest truck trailer manufacturing company in the nation. The firm is headquartered in Pittsview, Alabama. It was founded by Andrew Pitts, Jeff’s father, in 1976.
Pitts Trailers produces forestry-related trailers, while Dynaweld specializes in heavy haul and tag-a-long trailers. Dorsey Trailer will continue to manufacture a variety of over-the-road trailers bearing the Dorsey nameplate including refrigerated vans, dry freight vans, fruit haul trailers, chip haul trailers, steel and combo flat beds.
Dorsey Trailer began truck trailer production in the 1920’s. In the 1980’s Dorsey employed 1,200 people on three shifts and produced 50 trailers per day.
“The main focus of the plant is to supply a national network of dealer’s needs in the tradition of high quality trailers that established the Dorsey label throughout the past century,” Pitts says.
David Dorsey, an Elba native, has been named general manager of Dorsey Trailer. David is a third generation descendent of the founders of the company. He is the youngest son of the late Kimmie and Betty Dorsey. Kimmie spent his working career selling Dorsey Trailers at the corporate level.
Wayne Johnson, a veteran of more than 30 year experience designing and producing Dorsey trailers, will serve as plant engineer. He estimates that the plant will begin producing Dorsey models in three or four months.
For information, contact Dorsey Trailer at (334) 897-2525.