Transcraft increases payload capacity on standard-duty flatbeds

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Transcraft Corp. announced today, April 4, that it has increased the legal payload capacity of its standard-duty flatbed models by about 8,000 pounds — or 12 percent — to allow customers to haul more freight and help improve profitability per shipment.

The company says its standard-duty flatbed trailers, which formerly were designated as “normal” duty with a 65,000 pound gross vehicle weight rating, now carry a GVWR of 73,000 pounds. The added capacity, which Transcraft says was achieved through focused engineering efforts and the use of higher-strength materials, is effective on 2008 model year flatbeds.

“We are continuously looking for ways to make our trailers lighter, stronger and more damage-resistant,” says Dave de Poincy, vice president and general manager of Anna, Ill.-based Transcraft. “The added capacity will allow our standard-duty flatbed customers to haul 12 percent more payload with minimal weight add to the trailer.”

Transcraft flatbed models — which include the Eagle, Eagle II and TL-2000 — are available in standard-duty, heavy-duty and extreme-duty capacities.

Transcraft, a subsidiary of Wabash National Corp., manufactures platform trailers in North America. Established in 1962, Transcraft offers a wide range of flatbed and drop deck trailer models for the commercial vehicle and construction industries. Transcraft operates manufacturing facilities in Anna and Mt. Sterling, Ky.