Kentucky Trailer names Gary W. Parker to Chief Operating Office post

Leading custom vehicle manufacturer adds tenured COO

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (January 22, 2018) – Kentucky Trailer, a leading manufacturer of custom trailers, truck bodies, and mobilized workplace solutions, announced today the company’s hiring of Gary W. Parker as Chief Operating Officer. Reporting directly to President & CEO Gary A. Smith, Sr., Parker will have responsibility for all North American plant operations, continuous improvement, strategic sourcing/supply chain, and safety.

Parker joins Kentucky Trailer with an extensive background in manufacturing and engineering. He previously held the position of Director of Manufacturing with Great Dane Trailers and received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

“We all share the enthusiasm and confidence that Gary Parker has the indispensable experience and skills to be a tremendous asset and resource to the entire company,” said Smith. “Just as importantly, he fits well within Kentucky Trailer’s Servant Leadership culture. We look forward to benefitting from Gary’s knowledge and expertise as he leads our operations into the future.”

The addition of Parker advances the tradition of Kentucky Trailer along with a renewed focus on productivity improvement, facility and capacity optimization, employee engagement, and workplace safety throughout the entire organization.

“I am excited about joining a company that traces its roots back to 1879 and to contribute to and lead the operations into future years of progress and growth,” said Parker. “My focus will be driving positive, sustainable change toward a mutually rewarding environment for the organization and its employees.”

About R.C. Tway Company, LLC
R.C. Tway Company, LLC is the parent company of four operating divisions: (i) Kentucky Trailer Manufacturing (KTM), which designs, builds and manufactures custom trailers and truck bodies for the moving and storage, snack food, package delivery, and logistics industries as well as other niche markets; (ii) Kentucky Trailer Services (KTS), which delivers complete repair, reconditioning, paint, graphics, and other services for truck bodies, drop frame and expandable trailers; (iii) Kentucky Trailer Specialty Vehicles (KTSV), which designs, builds and services trailers and custom specialty vehicles for mobile medical, television/broadcast, military/government, mobile marketing, motorsports and other niche markets; and (iv) Kentucky Trailer Finance (KTF) which provides the Company’s customers rental, lease and financing options for select products and markets. For more information, please visit

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