This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
The earth's crust is made of more than 7 percent aluminum, and yet in the 1950s, before scientists discovered how to extract it from various compounds, aluminum was more expensive than gold or platinum. However, as you well know, today's aluminum is much cheaper and used for just about everything from the foil covering your chicken dinner to the body of your car. Aluminum's low reactivity, strength and lightweight nature make it ideal for a multitude of uses, including freight trailers.
James Sherman, owner and founder of Evolution Diesel and Trailer Service, makes his living by overhauling diesel engines and repairing aluminium trailers used to haul coal.
I asked James, "So how did your business start?" I was surprised when he responded that it was all a providential accident that began when a friend asked for help to repair an aluminum trailer. James knew he could help because he had a shop where he used to repair various items for himself. He did such a good repair that word spread, resulting in so many repair jobs that James quit his job with Emery County to form his own company. Since that time eight years ago, Evolution Diesel and Trailer Service continues to boom.
This past summer, James tripled the size of his shop so he could accommodate more trailers and plans on expanding even more in the near future. He says because the first aluminum trailers were manufactured in the mid-80s, some are beginning to wear out, resulting in more and more aluminum trailers in serious need of repair.
I was impressed to learn that James can make all of his own parts, and even designed and built and his own metal roller to create the enormous panels needed to repair trailers. He tells me this really cuts costs, allowing him to make repairs at a reasonable price. Located in Cleveland, Utah, his business primarily serves Carbon, Emery and Sevier counties. James looks forward to growing his business and to seeing what else providence has in store.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.