SmithCo Mfg. Co. Awards Contract To Manufacture Side-Dump Trailer Components to Radius Steel Fabrication

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Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor, a leader in the steel fabrication industry, announced today that it has been awarded an agreement by the #1 Side-Dump Manufacturer, SmithCo Mfg. Co., to build steel components for trailers specifically designed to meet the payload requirements for the Canadian mining industry.

Radius Steel Fabrication is a global leader in supplying industries the highest quality fabricated equipment.

Founded in 1994, SmithCo Manufacturing holds fifty percent of the side-dump trailer market share in the United States. The company produces and sells more side-dump trailers and side-dump trailer models than any other manufacturer. Sizes range from 8-ft truck mounted dump boxes to 100-ton off road side-dump trailers. SmithCo’s purchasing manager, Greg Fravel, states, “Our unequaled quality and the capability of our in-house engineering staff to design trailers that can meet our customer’s unique payload requirements drives our success.”

Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor will manufacture large components for the side-dump trailers. Radius Steel is ISO certified and has the experience and capabilities to manufacture world-class products. Radius Steel is a turn-key manufacturer that provides complete solutions. They provide steel fabrication, advanced welding, blast and paint technologies, and complete assembly and shipping of their clients’ products – all with a 1 to 4 day turnaround on established product lines. “I see this project as an opportunity to not only support U.S. manufacturing, but to create jobs for Americans,” says Ida Covi, CEO of Radius Steel, “Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor has a long history of producing quality products, and it’s a privilege to work with a partner like SmithCo that is doing the same in its business.” Radius Steel – SOO Tractor’s owner, Allen Mahaney, together with the company’s engineering department, designed a custom weld fixture that will attach to the hydraulic roll-over positioner. Not only does it reduce the welding time of each component by over two hours, but this versatile device takes into consideration the worker’s ergonomic position. “There are several hours of welding involved in the making of each component. We value our employees. With the best ergonomic position in mind, the roll-over positioner safely raises the work to the worker instead of the worker bending towards the work, reducing stress and strain on one’s body,” explains Allen Mahaney.

One of SmithCo’s Canadian mining industry customers needed a large number of side-dump trailer doubles to meet the payload requirements of a lighter, less dense material. SmithCo quickly responded to their need with a shorter yet higher capacity side-dump trailer design. Side-dump trailers are widely used by road and building contractors, aggregate producers, demolition contractors, the agriculture industry, governmental bodies, and in the waste handling, environmental clean-up and erosion control industry.

Mining development projects are typically done in rugged remote territories. SmithCo has expanded its large range of on-highway trailers into the mining industry with off-road trailers in the 50 to 100 ton range. Doubles are also available. CEO, Greg Smith, explains, “Haul trucks own the mining industry but they're expensive. They need maintained, hard surface haul roads and they are not suited for distance hauls. Whether you're grubbing, taking off overburden, or need to move ore from remote sites to a central processing plant, SmithCo’s side-dump trailers’ quality, ability for higher capacity and to discharge its load to either side excels.”

About Radius Steel – SOO Tractor:

Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor is an established and leading steel fabrication company in the United States producing exceptional products for a range of classic brands, amongst them, Massey Ferguson, AGCO, Hesston, Challenger, Wil-Rich, SmithCo / Side-Dump, and Silent Drive.

Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor was established in 1941 to meet the needs of the agricultural machinery industry and has become renowned for the quality of its customized steel fabrication; setting new standards of environmental protection and exceeding the requirements of its clients and partners. We are proud of our ISO certification and in the satisfaction of our customers....we have a warranty rate of 6/10th of 1%.

Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor's tradition of excellence provides customized fabrication integrated with electronics and cutting-edge technology to an expanding range of industries amongst them, Telecommunications, Military/Defense, Heavy Equipment/Construction, Refuse, and Oil and Gas.
For more than 70 years of service, Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor’s core values are strong: We believe in providing exceptional quality; we believe in the value of “American manufacturing”; we believe in being the best at what we do.”

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