September 23, 2014 10:22 PM
It was a big day for a big move at TriTec in Virginia. The massive, 240-ton truck box that was built at the facility, was ready to leave for its new home at Hibbing Taconite.
"It's a landmark moment," Mitch Robertson told the crowd. "It's the beginning of a new era of manufacturing on the Iron Range."
Robertson, who is the President of the company, went on to say, "No one ever dreamed that a little shop in Virginia would go on to build the largest truck bodies in the world."
After a few final welds, the 82,000 pound truck bed was ready to be lifted carefully onto a tractor trailer. She was escorted to HibTac with the State Patrol and Virginia Police.
This is just the first truck box to be built at TriTec. The company recently partnered with ESCO, which is based in Portland, Oregon, to build more. In fact, the crews will be putting together another one starting next week.
The company has been able to add 10 jobs to their payroll because of these truck boxes.
Ryan Dall, who's been with TriTec for nine years, said it was quite an experience working on the project. "It was a great collaboration of all the crews working on this, with so much welding and fabrication."
Updated: September 23, 2014 10:22 PM
Created: September 23, 2014 04:21 PM
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