The building that formerly housed the Terry’s Tire Town corporate headquarters has a new tenant and it’s a company that already has strong ties to Alliance.
MAC Trailer has entered into an agreement with the Tolerton family to lease the 190,000-square-foot facility located in the Alliance Industrial Park on Main Street Extension. After a short period of time, MAC Trailer will then purchase the building, according to President and CEO Mike Conny.
According to Conny, MAC Trailer will move production of its aluminum refuse trailer line to the facility, creating a waste division plant. The company will continue to manufacture dump trailers at its original plant on Commerce Street, where its corporate headquarters are housed.
“This all came about relatively fast,” said Conny. “Although we’ve been planning expansions for the past couple years, the deal to move into this building was turned around in about 90 days. We’re excited about having this first-class facility right here in Alliance. The Tolerton family worked hard to get us in here because they wanted to bring jobs back to the area. We also had much support from the city of Alliance.” Expansion is one thing that is needed for MAC Trailer, the largest manufacturer of custom trailers in North America, according to company officials, noting their goals are to boost production and maintain safety standards.
“Our existing facility in Alliance has become cramped with 450 to 500 employees at the plant,” stated Conny. “It is difficult to manage and get parts to our employees in order to get their job done in a reasonable amount of time.”
Conny stated that he hopes by next year work to retrofit the warehouse at the Terry’s Tire Town facility with five assembly lines will be complete. Eventually, MAC Trailer hopes to employ approximately 250 at the facility, producing an average of six trailers a day.
“We are bursting at the seams at our current facility,” said Corporate Vice President Dennis Postiy. “We have a serious demand for our product, but currently we are behind on orders. We are working hard to get to that production level to meet the needs of our dealers because they are crying for our product. We realize it’s a good problem to have, but it’s still a big problem. Plus, we want to do it efficiently and most of all safely for our employees.”
To facilitate the expansion, MAC Trailer has been seeking to increase its workforce in all positions. The company held a job fair in May with more than 270 people submitting applications and resumes. According to Gary Conny, human resources director and assistant to the vice president, the company is still interviewing potential employees from that event.
“This will only work if we can find the right employees,” said Mike Conny. “To me, the transportation business is a great opportunity for any young person who wants a good job.”
Jeff Sheen is a prime example of how a worker at MAC Trailer can advance, noted Postiy. Sheen, who started out on the shop floor nine years ago, will be general manager of the waste division plant.
“He was willing to come to work every day and learn,” explained Postiy. “He worked hard and took an opportunity to be a manager when we gave it to him. Now he will be running a beautiful facility. It shows that if you come to work and work hard, good things will come.”
“This is a great opportunity for everyone involved,” said Sheen. “Like everyone else, I’m excited about this expansion.”
With the addition of the Industrial Park site, MAC Trailer has approximately 25 acres of manufacturing facilities under roof across the country, including facilities in Salem and Kent in addition to Billings, Montana, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It employs more than 1,300 workers across the country and has approximately 80 dealers nationwide.
MAC Trailer has approximately 30 percent of the market share in dump trailers. With the expansion, company officials hope to reach 45 percent.
In addition to purchasing the new facility, MAC Trailer also renovated its Commerce Street facility to add meeting rooms as well as a training center for employees, dealers and customers.
“We’re excited to be able to expand in Alliance,” added Conny. “This is our home and we’ve had much support to be here.”