||George Bush is elected President and immediately faces new challenges. America is attacked by terrorists, New York suffers the loss of the World Trade Center, and war begins again in the Middle East. The economy enters another recession. The transportation industry also faces a new set of challenges; rising fuel costs, and environmental mandates established by the government. Through it all, Utility continues its growth and keeps strong, celebrating its 95th anniversary in 2009.
Utility sets out to redefine the trailer industry by building three new innovative lightweight trailers. The first product introduced was the 3000R® refrigerated trailer. Historically, manufacturers simply adapted new designs into existing manufacturing facilities. From its conception, the 3000R® was an all new product combined with a revolutionary new manufacturing process. This required Utility to build the new manufacturing plant in Clearfield, Utah that changed the way Utility reefers are constructed. Utility's commitment to continuous innovation results in the 3000R® maintaining its position as the best selling reefer in the industry.
The 4000D-X® Dry Freight Van becomes a platform for innovation. It is the first dry van in the industry to be EPA Certified SmartWay. Utility integrates 3000R® advanced foaming technology into its dry van and introduces the new 4000D-X Composite® trailer, making it the lightest, most productive composite dry van available today. Utility builds its second dry van factory in the east, in Glade Spring, Virginia. It is regionally located to better serve customers in the Mid-West, Canada and the Eastern seaboard.
Utility also introduces the totally redesigned 4000A(tm) lightweight flatbed. Improvements in design and manufacturing made this flatbed lighter and stronger than its predecessor, ensuring better durability and fuel efficiency. Despite the economic downturn at the end of the decade, Utility's 3rd and 4th generation of family management has positioned the company for future growth to continue the legacy that started 95 years ago.