Stoughton Trailers purchases land for new headquarters

Stoughton Trailers announced purchase of land along Hwy. 51 in the City of Stoughton for a new corporate headquarters.

Stoughton Trailers’ growth spurt is continuing, and with it a confirmation of the company’s “deep commitment” to the city.

Just a few months after announcing a new production line and purchase of land in Texas for a new manufacturing facility, the company announced on Friday the purchase of land along Hwy. 51 for a new corporate headquarters.

According to a Friday, April 22 news release, the company has signed an agreement to buy property on the corner of Hwy. 51 and County B, in the far northwest corner of the City of Stoughton. Plans for the site include constructing a new corporate headquarters building and possibly additional public and/or private developments, “depending on feasibility and local interest.”

Company officials have begun discussions with the city regarding plans for the site. According to the news release, the purchase is contingent on “satisfactory completion of several due diligence matters,” with closing expected this fall.

“We are excited to begin planning for our new administration building in a high visibility corridor that serves as a gateway into the Stoughton community,” said Stoughton Trailers President and CEO Bob Wahlin. “Our company has experienced tremendous growth, and we look forward to designing and constructing a state-of-the-art office building that reflects our long history, plus gives us plenty of room for future expansion.”

Since 1966, Stoughton Trailers administrative employees have worked from the company’s home office at 416 S. Academy St., which is also home to the company’s engineering, research and design group and testing facility. While plans for the current home office building have not yet been determined, the company will retain its existing manufacturing facilities in Stoughton, Brodhead and Evansville.

In January, the Stoughton Trailers announced the installation of a new production line at its Stoughton facility and the purchase of land in Waco, Texas for a new manufacturing facility. According to the company, once ramped up to full production, it expects to employ an additional 150 people in the Stoughton plant, assembling chassis and manufacturing components to feed the other chassis production lines.

“We’re proud of our Stoughton name, and this real estate investment demonstrates our deep commitment to the Stoughton community,” said Wahlin.

Stoughton Mayor Tim Swadley said city officials are “excited about Stoughton Trailers’ commitment to the City of Stoughton.”

“We look forward to the continued collaboration with our largest employer,” he wrote in an email to the Hub.

Contact reporter Scott De Laruelle

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