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October 10, 2017

Craftsmen Utility Trailer and Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. Awarded Vendor of the Year by Dot Transportation, Inc.

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., October 10, 2017 -­ Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that Craftsmen Utility Trailer and Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. have been awarded the Vendor of the Year at Dot Transportation’s 20th Annual Business Meeting. It is the third time both companies have received this award in the past four years.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Dot Transportation,” said Lou Helmsing, President of Craftsmen Utility Trailer. “This award is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and character of everyone involved from both Utility and Craftsmen. It’s truly a team effort requiring everybody to do their best – including sales and scheduling, order processing, manufacturing, field service and aftermarket parts.”

Accepting the award for Utility were Mike Stratton, Regional Sales Manager and Korey Rundquist, Regional Field Service Manager. “Thanks to Dot Transportation for this recognition. It is a gratifying to know that commitment to quality is noticed and appreciated,” said Mr. Stratton. “I want to congratulate everyone at Craftsmen and Utility who were involved in creating such a positive service experience for Dot,” added Mr. Rundquist.

Dot Transportation determines the winner using several key metrics. In issuing the award, they provided a few highlights. They pointed out that both Craftsmen and Utility took ownership of all vendor component issues, provided high quality equipment with below average maintenance costs, manufactured and delivered a large quantity of trailers on schedule and on time, and made annual Field Service Department visits.

About Craftsmen Utility Trailer

Founded in 1982, Craftsmen Utility Trailer is a second-generation, regional full-service Utility dealership with 3 strategic locations – St. Charles (St. Louis), Missouri, Sikeston, Missouri and Davenport, Iowa. For more information about Craftsmen, visit: www.craftsmentrailer.com

About Dot Transportation

Dot Transportation, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods – the largest food industry redistributor in the U.S. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. For more information about Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com, or about Dot Transportation, visit www.DriveForDot.com.

About Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America’s oldest privately owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. Founded in 1914, the company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, and aerodynamic side skirts. Utility currently operates five trailer manufacturing facilities across the United States. Utility’s 3000R® and the 3000R® multi-temp refrigerated trailers are manufactured at the Marion, Virginia and Clearfield, Utah plants.  The 4000D-X Composite® series and 4000D® dry vans are manufactured at the Glade Spring, Virginia and Paragould, Arkansas plants. The 4000AE™, 4000S®, and drop deck flatbeds as well as the Tautliner® are all manufactured at the Enterprise, Alabama facility. Utility also has an extensive independent dealer network with over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Visit: www.utilitytrailer.com for more information.