August 25, 2010

Utility's 4000D-X Composite Dry Van™ Continues to Gain Popularity

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., August 19, 2010 – Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the #1 manufacturer of trailers in North America in 2009 is pleased to announce that the demand for their 4000D-X Composite™ dry van trailer continues to rise. As the first dry van to meet the EPA SmartWay® requirements, the 4000D-X Composite™ had set the bar for other trailer manufacturers to follow.

Mesilla Valley Transport and McNay Truck Line are two of Utility’s customers that have added the 4000D-X Composite™ to their fleets. Both companies see the benefits from Utility’s unique design and intelligent engineering. By utilizing the advanced foaming technology of Utility’s 3000R® refrigerated trailer, the 4000D-X Composite™ continues to be one of the lightest dry van trailers in the industry.

“We were looking for a lightweight dry van with a 47,000-pound payload capacity for a major beer distributor and we were pleased that Utility’s 4000D-X Composite™ met those requirements,” said Royal Jones, President and CEO of Mesilla Valley Transport. “For several years we’ve worked closely with Utility Trailer Sales of Southeast Texas, Inc to spec high quality, lightweight dry van trailers.”

“The 4000D-X Composite™ dry van was specifically designed to address the complex needs of our customers,” said Chuck Cole, Utility’s Manager of Technical Sales and Product Training. “Utility understands each customer’s goals on a local level and we then custom manufacture their trailer according to those specifications.” Utility has an extensive independent dealer network that works closely with each customer to evaluate and identify the industry’s current demands of increasing payload capacity and lower tare weight.

President and CEO of McNay Truck Line, Richard McNay also added Utility’s 4000D-X Composite™ dry van to his fleet for the same benefits. “We have a great relationship with the sales team at Utility’s St. Louis Dealer, Craftsmen Trailer, LLC and they have been very helpful throughout the years in providing us with the right specs to maximize payload capacity,” said McNay.

The 4000D-X Composite™ is engineered with a polyurethane foam core construction that structurally bonds the interior lining panels to the outside skin panels. This provides improved sidewall durability, strength and lowers the tare weight. Polyurethane is much lower in density than polyethylene core typically found in other plate trailers. This bonded foam core is the feature that most contributes to the increased popularity of Utility’s 4000D-X Composite™ trailer, and typically results in a 400 to 500 lb. lower tare weight when compared to most composite plate trailers.

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