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Kentucky Trailer/CEI Equipment Acquires Warren Mfg.

Warren manufactures bulk feed delivery truck bodies and trailers

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Kentucky Trailer, a subsidiary of Alleghany Capital Corporation, announces its subsidiary, CEI Equipment Company LLC (CEI Pacer), has acquired the animal feed transport division assets of Warren Manufacturing, Inc. (Warren Manufacturing).

Warren Manufacturing, headquartered in Birmingham, AL, manufactures bulk feed delivery truck bodies and trailers for the pork and poultry feed transport industry.

Kentucky Trailer is a leading manufacturer of custom trailers, truck bodies and mobilized workplace solutions. The company’s growth strategy focuses on achieving leading market positions in specialized transportation markets.

In December 2018, Kentucky Trailer entered the feed transportation market through the acquisition of CEI Pacer. The acquisition of related assets of Warren Manufacturing expands Kentucky Trailer’s footprint in the animal feed transportation industry with manufacturing operations in Birmingham, Alabama, supplementing CEI Pacer’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility.

“Kentucky Trailer is pleased to strengthen our position in the animal feed transportation market with the purchase of Warren Manufacturing’s animal feed transport division assets," says Kentucky Trailer President and CEO Gary A. Smith, Sr. "The acquisition expands our capabilities in bulk feed equipment and strategically adds to our portfolio of manufacturing facilities in the U.S.”

CEI Pacer management members Dan McDowell, Jim Ross and Jim Stoelk, in combination with Jack Lyle of Warren Manufacturing, will lead the newly expanded animal feed division.

“CEI Pacer and Kentucky Trailer are driven to be the best in the world at design, build and service solutions. Warren Manufacturing’s 35-year history of manufacturing bulk feed equipment will be an asset as we continue to build our animal feed transportation business,” Ross adds.

Kentucky Trailer will also retain Warren Manufacturing’s feed transportation team, including President Jack Lyle and VP of Sales Mike Dennis.

“Warren Manufacturing has a rich history in bulk feed equipment manufacturing. We are pleased to join the Kentucky Trailer team and are excited about the growth opportunities this transaction provides,” Lyle says.

“Since we formed Warren Manufacturing, Inc., in 1985, we have strived to deliver the best products and services for our customers,” says Warren Manufacturing Founder and CEO Russell Warren. “I believe that by combining our assets and the experience of our team with Kentucky Trailer and CEI Pacer, our customers will benefit from the strength of these two fine manufacturers. The other Warren family of companies, which produce dump bodies and trailers, spreaders, refuse trailers and elevating fifth wheels, will continue under the Warren name and management.”

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