ALCOM To Open Manufacturing Facility In Bonner, MT Fast-growing aluminum trailer maker expects to hi

Published in the February 2013 Issue White Out & Wide Open—The Blog

One of America’s fastest-growing and most respected aluminum trailer manufacturers will soon be operating in Missoula County, Montana. On Nov. 14, Maine-based ALCOM announced it signed a lease to establish a new, 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bonner, MT.

The company expects to initially employ approximately 60 workers and begin production of its hand-built aluminum trailers at the former Stimson Lumber mill site in early 2013. The company anticipates expanding to 200 employees at the facility within its first two years of operation.

“Manufacturing is alive and well in Missoula County,” Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss said. “ALCOM will bring excellent jobs and benefits to local workers and help revitalize the Bonner community as a whole.”

Founded in 2006 in Waterville, ME, ALCOM quickly rose to nationwide prominence in the recreational trailer marketplace with their flagship brand, Mission Trailers. During its first year of operations, the company surpassed $2 million in sales. Since then, the company’s growth has continued unabated with the additions of High Country, E-Z Hauler, Snopro, Cargopro and Polaris brands.

In 2008 and 2009—during the worst years of the recent economic recession—ALCOM’s year-over-year revenues increased 65 and 25 percent, respectively. Company revenues topped $25 million in 2011 and will top $35 million in 2012.

Today, ALCOM employs just more than 200 workers at its 70,000-square-foot facility in Winslow. ALCOM’s hand-built trailer lines offer a variety of sizes and functions, ranging from compact open utility trailers to large enclosed car haulers. In 2010, ALCOM founders Tom Sturtevant and Trapper Clark were named the Maine Small Business Persons of the Year.

Despite the company’s location in the far northeastern corner of the continental United States, ALCOM has developed a strong nationwide dealer network. The Bonner operation will allow ALCOM to reduce costs associated with shipping trailers to dealerships in the western United States and Canada. Those savings will be passed along to the western dealers, opening the door to value-priced products and increased dealer revenues.

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