Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

Utility Trailer 75000 Glade Spring VA

Washington County is a prime location for transportation equipment manufacturing. We’re also a great location for companies that are part of this supply chain. 

Our Supply Chain Advantage

Utility Trailer Glade Spring VA

Washington County is a prime location for transportation equipment manufacturing, including:

– Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
– Truck Trailer Manufacturing
– Trailer and Motor Home Manufacturing

Our County also provides a great location for companies that are part of this supply chain, such as:

– Metal Mills and Foundries
– Gasoline Engines and Engine Parts Automotive Parts
– Moving and Material Handling Equipment
– Fiber Manufacturing

Transportation equipment manufacturing in Washington County grew 147% between 2010 and 2015. (EMSI, 2015)

Virginia is home to Volvo’s largest truck plant in the world.

Volkswagen Group of America headquarters is located in Virginia.

There are seven automotive assembly plants within 300 miles of Washington County, including:

– Toyota
– Volkswagen
– Ford
– General Motors
– Nissan

Who's Here?

Key Washington County Employers

Utility Trailer of Glade SpringDry Freight Trailers500-599
Paramont ManufacturingMolded Truck Components100-199
Zenith Fuel SystemsFuel Delivery Systems/Carburetors20-49
Zenith Power ProductsIndustrial Engines20-49
Hubs and Wheels of EmoryIndustrial Wheels1-19

Other Regional Employers: Virginia

Utility Trailer - AtkinsRefrigerated Freight Trailers1000-1500
TRW Automotive Steering Systems200-299
Somic AmericaAutomotive steering components200-299
R. H. Sheppard, Inc.Power steering equipment50-99
Atsumi Car EquipmentHub bearings and spindle1-19
Utility Trailer manager

Utility Trailer, founded in 1914, opened its plant in Washington County in 2000. Experiencing strong growth in the years following the Great Recession, the company now has close to 600 employees at its Glade Spring, VA, location. Plant manager Sam Cassell cites the resourcefulness and exceptional work ethic of the employees as instrumental in the plant’s success.


Wages for workers in this industry are low to competitive in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol VA/TN MSA compared with wages in similar markets.

Comparative Wages for Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

OccupationMSACharlotte, NCNashville, TNLexington, KYUS average
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers$9.61$14.76$15.17$15.08$15.99
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.71$15.95$14.04$16.07$15.88
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.72$15.50$15.38$14.15$15.15
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$17.07$18.57$18.34$21.10$19.70

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015


There is a strong labor pool in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol VA/TN MSA to support the transportation manufacturing industry. Listed below are occupations that are relevant to the this industry and the amount of current employees within each. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015):

– Welders, Cutters Solderers, and Brazers – 420 Employees
– Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers – 410 Employees
– Helpers—Production Workers – 410 Employees
– Industrial Engineers – 380 Employees
– Machinists – 370 Employees
– Mechanical Engineers – 250 Employees

Transportation & Logistics

Located midway between the northern and southern U.S., Washington County has convenient interstate access to 40% of the U.S. population within a day’s drive. In addition to its convenient and efficient highway system, the region is connected by rail, air, and sea. Learn more

Education & Training

Washington County’s proximity to a number of community colleges and universities offers companies opportunities for collaborative research partnerships, technical assistance and testing services, and a pipeline of talent for internships and jobs.

Virginia Highlands Community College located in Abingdon, VA, offers programs in a number of fields, including:

– Electrical Technology – Specializations in Electromechanical Technology and Energy
– Mechatronics
– Machining
– Technical Studies
– Welding

East Tennessee State University, located an hour away in Johnson City, TN, offers undergraduate degrees in a number of fields, including:

– Chemistry
– Computer Science
– Construction Engineering Technology
– Electronics Engineering Technology
– Industrial Technology
– Manufacturing Technology
– Product Development

Virginia Tech, located 2 hours away in Blacksburg, VA, offers programs in a number of fields, including:

– Mechanical Engineering
– Industrial and Systems Engineering
– Electrical and Computer Engineering
– Materials Science and Engineering

Research & Development

Virginia is home to many automotive R&D facilities, including:

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Blacksburg, VA, the second-largest university-level transportation institute in the U.S. with more than 475 employees. Research is focused on:

– Saving lives, time and money
– Protecting the environment
– Autonomous vehicles

Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Disputanta, VA, conducts research focused on:

– Machining Technologies
– Surface Engineering
– Additive Manufacturing
– Manufacturing Systems
– Welding/Joining
– Composite Materials/Processing

Contact Us

  • Whitney Bonham
    Whitney BonhamDirector of Economic Development and Community Relations
    Tel. 276-525-1300