Michigan logger builds new chip fleet with Titan Trailers

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Courtesy of Waste Advantage Magazine

With successful operations already running in excavation and logging, Jim Carey was in no hurry to add new chip trailers to the fleet for his growing biomass business. He took his time to decide where he could expect to get the best return on his latest investments. “When we got into the chipping business four years ago, we bought reconditioned multi-axle trailers to get started. We had frames put on them but there was always some sort of issue. They had poor tires, bad brakes, the structure was poor—we had to weld on quite a bit of material!”

Over time, Carey spoke to several operators who run wood chip businesses in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He attended the logging conferences in the region each year, and always made a point of checking out the trailers on display. “A guy I know had some trailers that were just a couple of years old, but they looked like our old trailers. Then I see the Titan trailers coming up the road—I think they are 20 years old but they look like the day they were bought. I asked three or four Titan owners and they told me they just never have problems. The Titans just work!”

Titan Trailers has been a leader in the hauling industry long recognized for job-specific functionality and attention to manufacturing detail. Titan Trailers offer business-minded haulers a complete line of trailers using advanced design and manufacturing technologies based on the patented THINWALL extruded aluminum panel. Titan focuses its extensive R&D activities on making its trailers the best business choice for operators in the custom trailer market.

With his interest zeroing in on Titan, Carey contacted Dale Handrich, the owner of Handrich Trucking and a second-generation chip hauler in Mio, MI. As Carey recalls, “Dale bought out a company that had a bunch of trailers in the late 1990s, and he got a few Titans in there and had added some. He’s just Titan’s biggest advocate. You can talk to lots of people and they’ll brag up their equipment even if what they had was junk. But Dale’s the kind of man that, if he told me something, I’d believe it. Since he got those first units, he slowly switched over his whole fleet to Titan.” Now, with a fleet of six chip vans and seven trucks, Carey is on the same track.

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