Universal Trailer sells cargo group division

BRISTOL, Ind. — Universal Trailer Corp. (UTC) is selling its Cargo Group Division (UTCCG) made up of the Haulmark, Wells Cargo and UltraLav trailer brands to American Cargo Group, a new Indiana corporation, which is owned by the Kaufman Trailers organization headquarted in Lexington, North Carolina, for an undisclosed amount.

Universal Trailer Corp. will continue to own and operate the other UTC brands in their portfolio including Haulmark Motorcoach, Exiss, Featherlite, and Sooner aluminum trailers.

“I am very pleased with this transaction as I believe we have transitioned the company, its well-known brands, its employees, and its dealers to excellent hands,” said Gary DiCamillo, the CEO of Universal Trailer Corporation.

Ali E. Wambold, chairman of the board UTC commented, “We acquired Haulmark in 2002 and Wells Cargo in 2009 and helped them navigate through some of the most tumultuous times in the industry’s history. We believe UTC’s Cargo Group Division has the best brands, dealer network and employees in the business, and within the American Cargo Group they will be part of an entrepreneurial, dynamic and financially secure enterprise that is committed to growing the business over the long term. American Cargo Group is the right partner for UTCCG, and now is the right time for UTC to move on to the next chapter in the company’s exciting future, focused on its leading horse, livestock and specialty trailer business under the Featherlite, Exiss and Sooner brands and its high-end RV business, Haulmark Motorcoach.”

American Cargo Group CEO, Tom Lilly states, “This acquisition represents an exceptional and significant opportunity to enhance the growth of American Cargo Group and advance the company’s strategic focus in enclosed cargo trailer business. Haulmark and Wells Cargo are brands that I have admired for many years while working in the industry. We value the longstanding success and brand recognition of Haulmark and Wells Cargo and are committed to providing their team of dedicated employees the resources they need to continue and expand upon the success they have built over the past sixty years. This investment also illustrates our confidence in the future of the cargo trailer industry. The cargo trailer industry has slowly but steadily rebounded from the last recession and is now poised for substantial growth. We intend to leverage our product innovation, operational experience, and expanded manufacturing footprint to support out dealer partners and focus on their long term success.

American Cargo Group President, Gary Mackelprang adds; “Both Haulmark and Wells Cargo are pioneers in the cargo trailer industry and have a long history of integrity, quality, and innovation. I’m excited to continue this tradition and help lead these great brands into the next stage of their growth.”

American Cargo Groups corporate office will be in Elkhart, Indiana. The existing senior management team will continue to help lead the business.

For more information, visit www.universaltrailer.com.

SOURCE: Universal Trailer press release

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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