- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

CRESCO, Iowa (AP) - Workers at the Featherlite Trailers plant in northeast Iowa will soon begin customizing their horse trailers to add living quarters, and as a result, 50 jobs will be added.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1XXUeMu ) the company already sells the trailers that include space for horses and their owners, but a separate company in Indiana had been building the living space since 2007.

Featherlite Operations Manager Scott Milburn said demand for the trailers with living quarters was strong enough that the company decided to add the work to its plant in Cresco.

“Having both the trailer and living quarters built at Featherlite gives our customers and dealers a great advantage,” Milburn said. “We were very pleased with the response from our dealers and the quantity of orders placed at dealer meeting.”

The company offers eight different floorplans of trailers with different arrangements of kitchen, restroom and sleeping space. The trailers typically have stalls for between two and six horses in the back.

The company, which is part of Cincinnati-based Universal Trailer Corp., already employs about 550 in Cresco, where it builds a variety of trailers.

Before the Great Recession hit in 2008, the company employed about 900 in Cresco. Featherlite has been gradually rebuilding its workforce as demand for its trailers improved since the recession.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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