Gov Ivey and Eric Smith

Gov. Kay Ivey (left) presents Eric Smith, plant manager at Trinity Highway, with the 2019 Governor’s Trade Excellence Award. Photo submitted

Trinity Highway Products, a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc. was recently recognized as one of the eight winners of the 2019 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards. The Pell City plant manufactures and ships proprietary products to all 50 states and 70 countries. 

The company first began operations in Sacramento, California.  In 1985, the manufacturing plant was relocated to Pell City, while the company’s R&D facility remained in Sacramento, CA.  In 2010, the company was acquired by Trinity Industries, Inc., which is based in Dallas, Texas. 

“We are honored to be recognized by Governor Kay Ivey with this award.  It means a great deal to our management team and all of our employees to know that our quality work and market leadership is recognized both in Alabama and around the world," said Eric Smith, Plant Manager at Trinity Highway stated in a press release.  "All employees of Trinity Highway Products are proud of the fact that we make outstanding roadway products that save lives."

“Our winners this year range in size from the small business to the large corporation and hail from different parts of Alabama.  They each represent the type of company that makes us strong as a state.” Governor Kay Ivey said in a press release.

Trinity’s International business is directed by sales offices that are located in the United States, Colombia, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  With a network of distributors spanning 70  countries, Trinity’s global footprint reaches markets in every corner of the world. 

The company has been aggressive in the research and development of more efficient energy-absorbing materials and technology.  Today, Trinity Highway Products offers a variety of impact attenuators, crash cushions, truck-mounted attenuators, and other products that utilize energy-absorbing materials, including sand, aluminum cells, elastomeric cylinders, and proprietary, highly-efficient steel and foam cartridges.  In addition to energy absorbing products, the company also offers state-of-the-art flexible delineator posts.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s Governor’s Trade Excellence Award winners,” said Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield.  “Their success comes as a result of the hard work and ingenuity of our businesspeople, as well as the commitment and cooperation that exists among our federal, state, and local entities that work together to help Alabama companies increase their exports.”  Secretary Canfield also pointed out that Alabama export values topped $21 billion dollars last year and shipments reached 191 countries.

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