MRO Magazine

Craftsmen Trailer, LLC Expands Operations in Davenport, Iowa

December 2, 2015
By Business Wire News


Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner®curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that Craftsmen Trailer, LLC has acquired the Utility dealership located in Davenport, Iowa from Thompson Truck and Trailer.

“We are excited about this acquisition,” said Lou Helmsing, President of Craftsmen Trailer. “This is our third dealer location, which expands our ability to serve our customers with improved access to aftermarket parts and service, as well as a larger inventory of both new and used equipment, in Eastern Iowa and North-Central Illinois. The new location is ideally situated just off Interstate 80, so it’s very accessible,” added Helmsing.

Founded in 1982 in Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Craftsmen is a regional full service Utility dealership with 3 locations – St. Louis, Missouri, Sikeston, Missouri and Davenport, Iowa.

The Davenport facility is conveniently located at 3698 W. 83rd Street, near the Northwest Boulevard exit off of Interstate 80. For more information about Craftsmen Trailer, LLC, visit:

About Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America’s first privately owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. Founded in 1914, the company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, and side skirts. Utility currently operates five trailer manufacturing facilities across the United States. Utility’s 3000R® and the 3000R® multi-temp refrigerated trailers are manufactured at the Marion, Virginia and Clearfield, Utah plants. The 4000D-X Composite® and 4000D™ dry vans are manufactured at the Glade Spring, Virginia and Paragould, Arkansas plants. The 4000A®, 4000S™, and drop deck flatbeds as well as the Tautliner® are all manufactured at the Enterprise, Alabama facility. Utility also has an extensive independent dealer network with over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Visit: for more information.

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