Triune Speciality Trailers relied on a select number of clients for revenue during most of its first decade in business. More recently, the Madison Heights-based firm made a conscious effort to expand its clientele, which has resulted in it tripling in size over the last three years.
“We have a much more diverse client base that we used to have,” says Harry Kurtz, president & CEO of Triune Specialty Trailers. “We also have a lot of business in Canada, which is exciting to us.”
The 10-year-old company specializes in making state-of-the-art specialty trailers. It products now include designing and building trailers for mobile marketing, educational outreach, and custom trailers.
Triune Specialty Trailers’ growth has allowed it to hire three people over the last year, expanding its staff to 15 employees and an intern. Its new hires include a couple of office administration workers and a welder.
“We would hire more if we could find more welders,” Kurtz says.
One of Triune Specialty Trailers’ biggest successes over the last year is its Fab Lab mobile education and training vehicle. The Fab Lab is a mobile training classroom for training students in high-tech machining careers, such as computer numerical controlled programmers. Triune Specialty Trailers designed and created the Fab Lab for the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and North Central Michigan College to help create more skilled professionals to fill openings for skilled machinist positions.
“It’s a big issue, especially in Michigan,” Kurtz says.
Source: Harry Kurtz, president & CEO of Triune Specialty Trailers
Writer: Jon Zemke
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