With the creation of this new Midwest hub, the company will enter the composite flatbed and drop deck trailer market, with plans to produce about 50 trailers a month.
The new location will also allow Antares to transfer the delivery point for intermodal chassis from Texas to the railhead near its Winamac facility for customers located in the Chicago market, the release indicated.
“We’re 800 miles closer than some of our major [original equipment] competitors,” Dilts said.
“It was important to Antares that we were close to our core dealers, had access to skilled labor and located in a state that understood how to do business,” said Horton, a partner with Antares and designer of Antares’ new flatbed trailer, in the IEDC press release.
Antares is Horton’s first time owning a company making his product after a career spent designing trailers, Dilts said. “We’re excited that the guy who has actually made product for other people is making product for himself.”
The company has offices in Indianapolis and Houston, Texas, and distribution centers in Texas and Alabama.
Antares plans to begin hiring general assembly and welder positions immediately. Interested applicants may apply by emailing their information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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