American Trailer Works Inc. (ATW), the nation’s second largest manufacturer of cargo trailers, just got bigger. The Southlake, Texas-based manufacturer has purchased RC Trailers, a cargo trailer company based in Middlebury, Ind.
The deal was closed on Sept. 28 and subsequently announced to employees. The purchase price was not disclosed.
RC Trailers, formerly known as Royal Cargo Trailers, was founded approximately 10 years ago. The firm produces general cargo, sport, concession, race, custom and open trailers in an 80,000-square-foot facility on 18 acres at 51790 C.R. 39 and has a staff of 130.
The new owner plans to keep the facility in Middlebury, according to Tom Keene, chairman of ATW.
Following a visit to the Middlebury facility last week, Keene told RVBusiness that ATW will build on RC Trailers’ “great product, great management and great customer base. It’s a company with a real culture of customer service.”
Brian Johnson, one of the five previous owners of RC Trailers, will stay on as president.
Legacy Capital of Chicago assisted the RC Trailers owners in finding a buyer for their company.
American Trailer Works has its roots in P J Trailers, which was founded in 1992. In 2010, P J Trailers merged with Carry-On Trailer to form American Trailer Works.
The company owns more than 1 million square feet of manufacturing space and employs more than 1,100 workers in 10 plants in the U.S. and Mexico.