Stoughton Trailers is growing.
The company announced its plan this week for expanded intermodal chassis production – the installation of a new production line last month at its Stoughton facility and the purchase of land in Waco, Texas for a new manufacturing facility.
According to a Stoughton Trailers news release, once ramped up to full production, the company expects to employ an additional 150 people in the Stoughton plant, assembling chassis and manufacturing components to feed the other chassis production lines.
Later this year, the company will begin manufacturing chassis products in Waco “to further expand chassis production capacity and tap into alternative labor markets.”
“The new Waco location provides Stoughton Trailers with convenient access to the many seaports, railyards and chassis customer locations in the southern tier of the United States,” read the release.
The construction of the Waco facility, expected to employ around 125 people, is underway and the company anticipates moving equipment into the new facility by March and beginning chassis manufacturing by early second quarter.
Once the Waco, Stoughton and Evansville facilities are operating at capacity, the collective output of all three facilities will increase the run rate to around 20,000 to 25,000 chassis per year by September, according to the news release.
Stoughton Trailers President & CEO Bob Wahlin said by the end of this year, the company will have invested $25 million expanding chassis production capacity.
“The new Waco facility and Stoughton production line will help fulfill our customer production commitments for 2022 and beyond,” he said.
In an email to the Hub on Monday, Stoughton Trailers Marketing Manager Ron Jake said the state of the business entering 2022 is “very strong,” with expectations for a record year “in large part due to the tremendous growth in our chassis business.” He also credited the success of the company’s primary product, Dry Van Trailers.
“We have a large order backlog and a seeming insatiable demand from our customers to build more semi-trailers,” Jake wrote. “The trucking industry analysts expect robust trailer sales to continue for the next several years. Future expansion may be necessary to fulfill customer demand.”