April 5, 2006

Utility Trailer Announces Strong Sales Growth of its Thin-Wall 4000D-X Dry Van

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., April 5, 2006 — Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, reefers, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers, announced that its thin-wall 4000D-X dry van represents a growing percentage of its annual dry van production.

The thin-wall segment is comprised of dry vans that increase the inside width within the same exterior dimensions. The 4000D-X represents Utility Trailer’s thin-wall dry van which accounted for approximately 45% of Utility’s dry van production in 2005, compared to about 5% in 2001.

The 4000D-X patented thin-wall design was engineered to compete squarely in the thin-wall segment by forging an aluminum exterior skin with 80K steel interior panels separated by a core material. The 4000D-X101 version provides a full 101 ¼” of inside width from lining to lining and 101” from wearband to wearband with 4,085 cubic feet of productivity. The 4000D-X 100 version has deeper side posts with increased stiffness for bulge loads. Pre-painted white galvanized, high strength interior lining panels provide a Snag Free surface and a full 100” of inside width from wearband to wearband.

“The 4000D-X dry van raises the standard in thin-wall trailers engineered as durable, productive and versatile,” stated Craig Bennett, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Utility Trailer. “We have a well-established reputation of providing durable trailers and the 4000D-X reflects our dedication to providing a solidly engineered product to compete with other forms of thin-wall trailers, such as the plate trailer. We expect demand to remain strong for thin-wall trailers and look forward to contributing to the success of that segment.”

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