The Wells Cargo trailer plant in Elkhart, Ind., is slated to close by August, as operations are moved to a new plant in Bristol, according to an Elkhart Truth report. 

Owned by Universal Trailer Corp., the plant is closing due to the opening of Universal Trailer’s new $25 million, 200,000-square-foot facility in Bristol, which was unveiled in March. Universal Trailer is shifting the manufacturing of Wells Cargo trailers to the new facility, along with a number of other brands, including Haulmark, Featherlite and Exiss.

Jeff Howes, vice president of marketing for Universal Trailer, said the company announced the closure during a town hall meeting with employees on April 5. 

Howes said all affected employees in Elkhart were offered positions at the new Bristol facility and that employees who had to drive to Bristol for work, around 13 miles each way, were being offered additional compensation to cover the increased travel costs. 

The number of employees affected by the closure was not known at press time. 

“We are committed to all of our current employees and are looking to hire many more in the months to come,” he said. “Our goal is to be the employer of choice in the Elkhart/Bristol area.”

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