About Performance Trailer
Performance Trailers, founded in 1991 by Kevin Gerhardt, has
established a reputation as a leader in the design and construction of custom trailers
used to carry everything from racing cars to portable corporate displays. The company has
designed trailers for such
companies as Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Nissan and Toyota, which use the trailers to
haul multimillion-dollar concept cars to trade shows.
The company employs 26 craftsmen and has plans to add more
when an additional 12,000 square feet are added to the existing 25,000 square foot
Like building a custom home to exacting specifications,
Performance Trailers utilizes the services of plumbers, electricians, cabinet makers,
welders, machinist and whatever tradesman is necessary to create unique transporters that
represent the name of the company or sponsor graphically depicted on the smooth sided
The business stems from a company started by
Gerhardt's grandfather, Fred Gerhardt, who designed a lift-gate system for loading coffins
into trailers. A race car driver saw the device and asked Fred Gerhardt to design one with
a trailer so he could transport his race car. Since that time, some of the biggest names
in racing, including Mears and Andretti, have used Performance Trailers
for their trailer design.
The new year 2000 started
with another milestone for Performance Trailers Inc. We moved into
our new 2,500 SQ. FT. Administration office building. Having out
grown the older offices some time ago, it is delightful to have the new
facility to offer our clients comfort.
In addition to new offices, we have a spacious
conference room, which seats ten, and a comfortable lounge built on the design pattern,
which we could put into our custom trailers.
In an effort to
demonstrate to prospects and clients the finished look and feel of a
lounge in one of our trailers, we built a replica [to scale] model of
This is an important
addition to our new office facility for several reasons. There is not
always a trailer available to show a client and this room serves a
second purpose, as a comfortable meeting room for our guest.
The final benefit of our
move is more production space. Removing the old offices form
the production floor and retrofitting the build has added another
4,500 square foot work bay to our trailer fabrication plant.
This is an artist rendering
of our next expansion. When this is completed, we will have another
5,600 sq. ft. more floor space in our manufacturing facility.