March 23, 2012

Utility Announces Sustainability Standards in Manufacturing

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., March 23, 2012 – 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 its current sustainability initiatives in trailer manufacturing.

Utility is committed to leading the industry with sustainability policies and strategies to minimize environmental impact on future generations. Through Utility’s continuing efforts to aggressively reduce air emissions, the company has reduced over 20% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and over 87% of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS).

Utility’s initiatives include the use of low or zero VOC paints, undercoatings, caulks, and the use of wood products supplied from the Sustainability Forestry Initiative Program (SFI) growers. “We are fortunate to work with suppliers who share our commitment to social responsibility,” said Craig Bennett, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for Utility. “This has helped us to progressively improve our entire manufacturing process and provide even greater environmental efficiencies for our customers.”

Utility’s 4000D-X Composite® dry van was the industry’s first trailer to be EPA SmartWay® verified and is designed to be one of the lightest and most fuel efficient in the industry. Additionally, Utility’s SAE tested and SmartWay verified 100% recyclable Utility Advanced Side Skirt 120A (USS-120A) provides a minimum of 5% fuel savings, and can be used with low rolling resistance tires on dry vans to achieve CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliance for California operations.* Utility is currently investigating additional technologies to increase fuel savings and reduce emissions by even greater numbers.

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*Actual fuel economy gains may vary. Other aerodynamic devices may be available for factory installation. This release is not intended to provide legal advice or legal opinion as to the applicability of the California regulation to any particular end use.  For correct methods of compliance and details, visit the CARB website:

About Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company
Utility Trailer Manufacturing 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 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® and 4000D-X Composite® dry vans are manufactured at the Glade Spring, Virginia and Paragould, Arkansas plants. The 4000A®, 4000S®, drop deck and double 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: for more information.

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