March 24, 2011

Utility Announces 100% LED Lighting as a Standard Feature on Utility Trailers

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., March 24, 2011 – 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 the debut of 100% LED lighting on all Utility refrigerated and dry van trailers as well as tandem and tridem axle flatbeds.

“In our continuing efforts to provide ways to improve driver safety and lower maintenance costs, we will be incorporating 100% LED lighting as a standard feature on our trailers,” said Craig Bennett, Utility’s Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “We will utilize a new LED mid ship clearance light that also functions as a turn signal. This new light will provide greater visibility for all drivers on the road and lower maintenance costs due to the extended service life of LED lights.”

Developed by Grote Industries, this new LED flashing marker light also functions as a side turn light. Up until now, LED turn signal lights in the mid-trailer position generally provided rearward illumination only. By combining the mid-trailer turn indicator with the marker function, plus a new lens design that provides visibility both forward and backward, Grote has provided the driver an at-a-glance reassurance that the lamp is operating as it flashes when the turn signal is on and also cautions other drivers on the road when the tractor trailer is making a wide turn.

The new LED light meets both Federal and California regulations for mid-trailer flashing lights. Completing the transition to all LED lights also includes changing the license plate light to LED.  

The 100% LED lighting will be showcased on Utility’s 4000D-X Composite™ dry van, the 3000R® refrigerated trailer and the 4000A™ flatbed at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky from March 31st to April 2nd. To find out about Utility Trailer Manufacturing, visit:

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