Brief History of Featherlite Specialty Trailers
|Richard Childress Racing, which included legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt (right), was the first customer for a revolutionary new aluminum race transporter created by Featherlite in 1992 and launched in the 1993 NASCAR race season. Here the late Dale Earnhardt, pictured in 1994 with Conrad Clement, former Featherlite owner, is photographed at a Rochester, Minn. restaurant prior to his appearance at the annual Featherlite dealer meeting.|
Featherlite® Trailers is the oldest aluminum trailer brand in North America and a leader in designing and manufacturing high quality aluminum specialized transporters and trailers.
The Featherlite brand was founded in 1973. In 1992 Featherlite built its first semi race car transporter for RCR team owner Richard Childress and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. In 1994 Featherlite, Inc. held a public stock offering (NASDAQ: fthr). In 2006, Featherlite, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Trailer Corporation, a privately held company, and ceased trading on NASDAQ stock exchange.
Featherlite manufactures thousands of trailers annually at its operations in Cresco, Iowa, with a workforce of over 400 in facilities of 310,000 square feet. Featherlite's highly customized transporters and trailers are sold from Featherlite's specialty trailer sales office at its headquarters in Cresco, Iowa.
Featherlite is GSA (Government Services Agency) certified and has a long history of working with the local, state and national government, military and military contractors.
Customers also enjoy highly diversified consumer product lines offering horse, livestock, car and utility trailers as well as motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile and other recreational trailers for outdoor enthusiasts of every kind. Featherlite trailers are sold through a dealer network of 160 in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe and Australia. Featherlite is sponsor and “official trailer” of many premier organizations, including NASCAR® and IZOD IndyCar Series.