Martin Marietta’s First Composite Trailer Rolls Out

16 January 2004

On December 18 last year, Martin Marietta Composites celebrated the completion of the first trailer manufactured in its Sparta, North Carolina plant. The 48-ft, live-floor transfer unit is thought to be the first all fiber-reinforced polymer composite trailer manufactured in North America.

To commemorate this event, a ceremony was held at the 185,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in western North Carolina. Sparta Mayor John Miller and Eldon Edwards, representing Alleghany County, ceremoniously cut a ribbon at the end of the trailer production line. As a memento of the day, customers from the West Palm Beach Solid Waste Authority and local dignitaries were given sections of the specially imprinted ribbon.

Delivery of this trailer culminates 10 years of development in Europe by Composittrailer n.v. of Belgium, two years of adaptation to U.S. specifications and market requirements, as well as 18 months in acquiring and equipping a new production facility. The one-of-a-kind U.S. trailer manufacturing plant requires a unique layout and special tooling.

In addition to live-floor transfer trailers, tipper trailers are expected to join the product line in the near future. Martin Marietta Composites manufactures composite bridge decks in this same facility.

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