Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. is nearing completion of a 22,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its dry van plant in Paragould, AR.

The expansion includes a new modification center that accommodates more customized trailers with complex or multiple options, the company said. Utility added that 50 new employees are expected to be hired once the expansion is complete later this month.

“With our customers’ growing demand for Utility trailers, the expansion will allow us to successfully meet those demands and manufacture more high option trailers while continuing to increase production of standard type trailers,” said David Neighbors, Utility’s Paragould plant manager.

The modification center has been expanded to include 12 new drive-through trailer bays and an additional employee lunchroom.

The Paragould facility manufactures Utility’s 4000D-X Composite and 4000D dry van trailers.