Stoughton Trailers opening new plant in Texas, adding 150 jobs in Wisconsin

STOUGHTON, Wis. — Stoughton Trailers is expanding in 2022, the company announced Tuesday.

The transportation equipment giant is adding a new plant in Waco, Texas, later this year. The plant will manufacture chassis products, and bring 125 to 150 jobs to the Waco area, located about 100 miles south of Dallas.

President and CEO Bob Wahlin said the company hopes to begin building chassis in the Waco facility as early as the beginning of the second quarter of 2022.

Finding workers in south-central Wisconsin has been a challenge, he said, leading the company to look elsewhere for its expansion.

“We need more workers. We need more workers in southern Wisconsin,” he said. “If we could kind of wave the magic wand and get reasonably qualified people that could do general assembly and we could get the parts for them to work on, we would take another 500 people today  if we could.”

He stressed no current jobs will move from Wisconsin to Texas.

“Waco gives us a southern manufacturing presence and allows us to reach to areas where we couldn’t as efficiently reach by shipping container chassis from southern Wisconsin,” he said.

In addition, Waco’s proximity to key delivery points like the Port of Houston and railyards in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area makes the city a good location for expansion, Wahlin added.

The company has been working on the Waco expansion “for a long time,” he said, adding the site was already being prepared when they got involved.

Stoughton Trailers plans to move equipment to Texas by March.

More jobs in Wisconsin

The company also installed a new chassis production line at its Stoughton facility, with the first products rolling off the line last month. The move is expected to bring between 125 and 150 new jobs to the state.

The primary positions the company is hiring for include welders and assemblers.

Between facilities in Stoughton, Evansville, and Waco, the company expects to manufacture 25,000 chassis per year, hitting that rate by September 2022.

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