Utility Trailer expands Arkansas dry van plant

Utility Trailer Mfg Co, which is celebrating its 90th year as America's oldest trailer manufacturer, has expanded its Paragould AR dry van plant. The company is expanding to increase capacity and leverage production efficiencies.

Centrally located to serve the United States and Mexico, the plant will now have a second assembly line to boost production and provide more manufacturing flexibility and versatility. Encompassing about 80,000 square feet, the added assembly line will allow Utility to keep up with demand for its 3000D dry van as well as the 4000D-X. This $4 million expansion is expected to add about 100 jobs to the local economy.

Paragould, a city of about 23,000 residents, was ranked the “Second Best Place to Live in America.” It has been home to one of two Utility dry van manufacturing plants since 1994. Ranked among the top 10 area employers, the Utility plant employs about 465 local residents.

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