In November, it was announced that the Anna, Ill., Wabash plant, which currently employs roughly 60 people, will be closed by March 2010, and its trailer construction equipment will be consolidated into the Cadiz Transcraft plant.
One of the reasons for choosing the Cadiz plant, they said, is because it is already equipped to build trailers, as trailers were produced at the site back from when it was owned by Benson.
“The transition of additional lines from our Anna plant was completed at the end of April,” said Henk. “Currently, our backlog is out till October.”
John Givens, human resources director for Transcraft, said staffing for the local positions started in early-to-mid January.
Donnie Holland of Wabash said last year that the first steel units should come in by Feb. 1 of this year, with the full transition to take place by March. 1.
He also said that a few of the staff from the Anna plant will come down to train the local workers, although as an example of such training he added that those who have welded aluminum parts should have an easier time welding steel parts.
The Cadiz manufacturing plant, which last year employed roughly 30 people, produces aluminum platform and dump product lines, and after the Anna manufacturing facility closed earlier this year, now produces steel and combo platform trailers, said Henk.
The Anna plant, which employed about 75 people at the time of its closure, was sold to Rusty Flamm, a prominent businessman who owns a Lumberyard and home center business and Anna and Vienna, Ill.