Wabash National Corp. has announced production of its first carbon steel vacuum tanker for hauling bulk non-hazardous liquids, primarily for the oil and gas industry. The new product is expected to result in 60 new jobs at Wabash National’s Lafayette, IN, manufacturing plant.

“Wabash National continues to provide transportation solutions in new markets to grow the business and diversify product offerings outside of semi-trailer and van manufacturing,” said Dick Giromini, president & CEO, Wabash National. “Vacuum tankers are another example of how we are executing on our strategic plan by responding to growing equipment needs within the oil and gas exploration market to expand and grow while countering the cyclicality of our core business.”

The new product is part of Wabash’s Energy & Environmental Solutions business, which is expanding the company’s reach into the energy sector. This has included the recent purchase of Walker Group Holdings, which produces the Brenner Tank and Garsite brands.

“As we learn more about this industry, we have discovered the advantage Wabash National brings from engineering expertise and proven performance in semi-trailer technology to create sophisticated carbon steel bulk liquid vessels and transportation equipment,” Brent Yeagy, vice president and general manager, Wabash National.