Written by: Heather Kennison, Magicvalley.com
Twin Falls, ID (January 4, 2018) – An earlier decision to diversify its business is probably what saved Charmac Trailers during the recession.
“We really had to buckle our belts,” said Trudy Sheen, an employee of 17 years. “Those that were just in horse trailers didn’t make it. Those who were just in cargo didn’t make it.”
But Charmac Trailers had been manufacturing both horse and cargo trailers since the early ‘90s. Although the company had to stop making trailers with living quarters in 2008, Sheen said it was the diversification that made the difference.
Despite the challenges along the way, Charmac Trailers is now celebrating 40 years in Twin Falls — and the main thing holding it back from more growth is a limited workforce.
“We have a great workforce, but the low unemployment rate is a tough deal,” President and CEO Lloyd Casperson said in late November. “We’d hire 15 more today if we could find ‘em.”
Today, the company has 70 employees — far shy of the 120 or so it had before the recession. Production, however, has remained steady as the company manufactures between 1,200 and 1,500 trailers a year, sales representative Clark Pierson said.
In September, the company completed its 40,000th trailer.
“We do a lot of custom options,” Pierson said. “With a lot of our competition, you get what you get.”
Charmac Trailers was opened in 1977 on Blue Lakes Boulevard by Max and Charlene Casperson — the company name is a combination of their first names. The manufacturer moved to…
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About Charmac Trailers
Charmac specializes in horse, stock, motorsport, and cargo trailers. Charmac accommodates highly customized trailers. For dealership opportunities please visit www.charmactrailers.com.