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Tony Stewart and Donny Schatz visit Featherlite manufacturing plant

Cresco, Iowa — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and World of Outlaws sprint car driver Donny Schatz toured the Featherlite Trailers manufacturing plant and met with employees on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The drivers took pictures and signed autographs for any interested employees.

Both Stewart and Schatz have been long-time Featherlite trailer owners and own multiple Featherlite trailers and transporters. Schatz just purchased a new custom Featherlite vending trailer earlier this month.

Both drivers were in Iowa for the Knoxville Nationals. Stewart has won racing titles in many series, including three times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Schatz, who races for Tony Stewart Racing, is the reigning series champion of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and will be going for his 9th Knoxville Nationals title.

Featherlite is based in Cresco, Iowa, and is the offi cial trailer of NASCAR. Its product line includes horse, livestock, car, recreational, commercial, utility, living quarters and specialty trailers. For more information on Featherlite trailers, visit

About Featherlite

Featherlite Trailers, located in Cresco, Iowa, is the nation’s leading aluminum specialty trailer manufacturer. Featherlite has highly diversifi ed product lines offering horse, livestock, car, utility and recreational trailers through an extensive dealer network in the U.S. and Canada. Featherlite is a sponsor of many organizations, including NASCAR. Featherlite is part of the Universal Trailer Corporation’s family of brands.

Missing Link Provides the Ideal Solution for Vac System Transport

Sauk Centre, Minn. — New product development is a never-ending cycle, and at times, a manufacturer needs to look outside its realm of expertise to fi nd the solution. That was the case in the collaboration and creation of the FT-14 I Vac trailer. A need arose for a transport unit for a manufacturer of Vacuum Excavation Unit Systems

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that did not have such a product in its offerings. The brand dealer contacted its Felling Trailers’ Sales Rep. to assist in fi lling this void, as Felling is noted in the trailer industry for its expert ability to create customized confi gurations for such needs. The brand manufacturer had the Vac System components but did not have a model available with the transport confi guration its customers wanted.

So the journey began with the brand dealer and brand manufacturer working closely with Felling Trailers’ Sales Rep. and Felling’s Engineering Department to develop the FT-14 I Vac model as its transport solution. The model was engineered to provide the necessary capacity and placement of component mounts to ensure proper load distribution. Some of the noted features include: specifi c cross member locations to match component foot print; steel decking with precut mounting hole locations; cross members with matching mounting hole locations; recessed tailboard and deck area for the spoils tank to clear when dumping yet maintaining; and rear bumper for under ride protection. Many of the customized modifi cations that were utilized in the design of the FT-14 I Vac trailer are common to Felling Trailers Generator trailer models.

The design of this model has since been put into production and has received positive feedback from the brand manufacturer. As the initial units have been put into service, multiple Felling Trailers dealers that sell this manufacturer’s brand are expressing interest in this model.

About Felling Trailers

Felling Trailers is a family owned and operated Full Line Trailer Manufacturer located in Central Minnesota. Started in 1974 by Mr. Merle J. Felling, Felling Trailers, Inc. has grown from a small shop to a factory and offi ce complex that today covers over 250,000 square feet. Felling Trailers currently manufactures over 4,000 trailers a year ranging from a 3,000 lb utility trailer to a 120,000 lb hydraulic gooseneck trailer, and its standard trailer line includes over 220 models. Felling’s pride and differentiation is its customized trailer

division. Its engineers utilize the latest industry leading design techniques, and its experienced metal craftsmen use cutting edge technology to turn its customers’ conceptual trailer needs into a tangible product. Felling Trailers continually researches and implements new technologies to reduce lead-time and increase production in the manufacturing plant. Felling Trailers provides a high quality product that is distributed across North America and internationally. For more information, please contact (800) 245-2809, or visit them on the web at You can also follow them on Twitter (@ FellingTrailers) and Facebook (Felling Trailers, Inc.).

Felling Trailers Online Auction of Purple Trailer to Benefi t Alzheimer’s Disease Organization

Sauk Centre, Minn. — Felling Trailers is conducting its third online auction of a FT-3 drop deck utility trailer to benefi t a non-profi t organization. Felling Trailers wants to bring awareness of and support to Alzheimer’s Disease and individuals affected by the disease. Thus, Felling Trailers manufactured and painted one

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