Board President Don Leibe said, “It speaks to the community effort that the infrastructure at Benson was on time.”
Benson Plant Manager Marvin Whitt conducted the tour, and spoke of current plans for expansion, including a new building next month to include washing, sandblasting and painting of the custom built trailers manufactured locally.
The local Benson Industries plant currently employs 56 workers, but when all production lines are fully equipped and opened, the facility will host between 200 and 250 workers.
The units produced at Benson are high tech top of the line models. The aluminum frames are all built to the specifications of an order. Whitt described each unit as a “whole vehicle” produced from start to completion at the Cadiz factory. Some features of the trailers can include anti-lock brakes, automatic tire pressure adjustments, and onboard diagnostics, all controlled by computers installed at Benson. Other features include a tack-board made of a type of wood imported from South America. The unique property of this wood is its ability to “self-heal.”
Two models of flatbed trailer are produced locally. One is rated to carry 52,000 pounds, the other 72,000. Each has a 15-year main beam warranty. When the trailer is no longer functional, it will retain $4,000-$5,000 in scrap value, compared to one-tenth of that amount for older steel models. The cost of each unit is between $23,000 and $65,000.
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