Report: Stoughton Trailers to reopen Evansville plant

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Gazette Staff
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Stoughton Trailers might reopen its Evansville plant, according to a published report.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that as many as 500 people could be hired for all three of Stoughton Trailers’ locations over the next 11 months.

The company also has factories in Stoughton and Brodhead. The Brodhead plant closed in 2008 and reopened last fall.

The paper quoted Ken Wahlin, managing director of parent company STI Holdings, as saying at least 20 employees are preparing the Evansville plant in hopes of restarting operations within the next couple of months.

The Evansville plant employed about 400 before it was closed in 2007.

The company held a jobs fair at the Rock County Job Center in Janesville on Jan. 12. Those jobs were advertised as being for Stoughton and Brodhead.

At its lowest point in the recession, Stoughton Trailers employed 100 manufacturing workers, former Vice President of Human Resources Patrice Gillespie previously told the Gazette. That number could reach 1,000 by the end of 2011, she said.

The company is marking its 50th year this year as a maker of semitrailers, grain haulers and other over-theroad trailers.

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