Utility Trailer Manufacturing
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, curtain sided trailers, and aerodynamic technologies.
Trailer Manufacturer Profile
- Company: Utility Trailer Manufacturing
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- Headquarters: City of Industry, California
- Founded Date: 1914
- Founders: H.C. Bennett, E.W. Bennett
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- Website: utilitytrailer.com
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- Dry Van Trailers
- Refrigerated Van Trailers (Reefers)
- Flatbed Trailers
- Curtain Sided Trailers
- Aerodynamic Technology
Company founded by H.C. Bennett and E.W. Bennett as Los Angeles Trailer Co., Inc.
Company develops the first mechanical brake to be used on a trailer.
Company introduces air-actuated metal-to-metal brakes.
First low-bed, multiwheel, heavy-duty trailer.
Introduced pneumatic tires as original equipment for commercial trailers.
Invented the roller fifth wheel, which eliminated whipping at the then high speeds of 20 to 25 mph.
Was first to use duralumin metal in an all-welded frame, reducing tare weight.
Introduced the use of the elliptical spring running gear.
Utility’s exclusive axle suspension system eliminated weight transfer during braking.
Utility employee, Fred P. Dunn, invented the first shockless, air-operated pintle hook for doubles operation.
Introduced the use of aluminum for trailer bodies as a method of reducing tare weight and included fully automatic support legs in the design.
Celebrated 25 years in the trailer industry.
Company has a government order to build 3,000 ammunition trailers in support of the war effort.
Company introduces integral frame bodies.
Company offered fully automatic support legs and various 6-wheel attachments and introduced the power-automatic semi-trailer.
Innovations included pioneering the use of polyurethane insulation in refrigerated vans, introducing monocoque aluminum van design, and enhancing sliding reefer doors with tighter seals and better tracking.
Company developed the converter dolly.
Introduced the lightweight Superstar line of reefers and dry-freight vans.
Invented and introduced the patented Barrier Door® and was the first in the industry to completely eliminate foam-piercing hardware in reefers.
Pioneered the revolutionary waterproof electrical wiring harness system.
Utility introduced the Tautliner to the U.S., the world’s foremost-patented curtain-sided convertible van to flatbed system.
Company introduced the 2000R reefer.
Company introduced the 2000-D Dry Freight Van and CenterSeal line of multi-temp refrigerated trailers.
The 3000R refrigerated trailer is introduced at the International Trucking Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Offered LED lighting options to lower operating costs.
The 4000D-X Dry Freight Van is the first trailer in the industry to be EPA Certified SmartWay.
Introduced the 4000D-X Composite dry van trailer.
Introduced the Adjustable Load Securement System for flatbeds and EPA SmartWay verified advanced side skirt.
Utility celebrates its 100th year of building trailers.
Utility is first trailer manufacturer to include Roll Stability as a standard base spec on its 3000R.
The heavy-duty 4000D-X Composite TBR dry van and the next-generation 4000AE combo flatbed are introduced.
Tautliner new features Kin-Sider curtains by Kinedyne.
The 20K Duct Floor System becomes standard on the 3000R base model reefer.
Utility Aerodynamic Tail (UAT) introduced at the 2018 Utility Sales Meeting.
Glade Spring, Virginia builds its 100,000th dry van – a 4000D-X Composite® TBR.