Universal Trailer Manufacturing Facility

Bristol, Indiana


Universal Trailer called on Ghafari to analyze their business practices and production processes with an eye to improving their cost and quality metrics. Based on this analysis we recommended that they invest in cutting-edge automated systems, requiring the construction of a new cargo trailer manufacturing plant to house the technology. Universal Trailer agreed that the innovative plan had the potential to revolutionize their business. They engaged us to provide the process planning and complete architecture and engineering services for this milestone project.


The 188,600-square-foot building encompasses groundbreaking highly automated technology in the manufacturing area. We designed the facility itself to support both advanced functionality and employee collaboration. The building’s design follows a lean plant configuration for its welding, paint, and assembly systems to optimize material flow. The facility’s layout creates a visual connection and supports ease of interaction between employees in the office areas and those in the manufacturing space.

Designed as an attractive and progressive work environment, the office area uses reconfigurable workspaces and includes café-style break areas and collaborative spaces.


Our recommendations will usher in a new technologically sophisticated approach to manufacturing for Universal. Integrating our process and facility engineering capabilities synergized the design of the building with the new automated processes, resulting in a highly functional and collaborative working environment for all who work there, from production team members to administrative staff. Ultimately, the new building will serve as symbol of Universal’s commitment to advancing their industry.