Rob Ikola, left, is the founder of Fabform Industries in Roseburg OR. His son Brandon, winner of this year’s NATM Young Entrepreneur Award, has now taken over day-to-day operations of the trailer manufacturing company.
Fabform started in Rob Ikola’s horse barn but now produces trailers in a 50,000-sq-ft plant in an industrial park outside Roseburg. Trailers are assembled in a single work bay and then moved by forklift through paint prep, paint, and finishing.
Fabform offers a variety of trailers, from dump to flatbeds, all of which are rated below 26,000 pounds GVW.
Trailers are caulked and prepped in a separate area adjacent the paint booths.
A second paint booth has been added to keep pace with growing production.
Painter applies shop-coat primer to a Fabform dump trailer. The company applies two coats of Exalta polyurethane as standard.
A separate area of the plant is set aside for finishing operations.
A trailerload of trailers is being prepared to supply the company’s dealer network.
An array of solar panels on the roof of the plant supplies between $700 and $800 in electricity per month.
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