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Stoughton plant set to open in November
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BRODHEAD - Stoughton Trailers will bring back about 80 employees when it opens again in November. That number could increase next year if the market continues to improve, according to Bob Wahlin, the company's vice president.

The Brodhead facility, which makes semi trailers, has been idle for about 18 months, Wahlin said.

Most of the employees will be transferred to the Brodhead plant from Stoughton, but there will be some people who are hired for the Brodhead facility, he said.

If the economy continues to improve, Wahlin said, it's possible the Brodhead plant could hire as many as 300 people next year.

He's optimistic about the future, but there's no guarantee that many people could be hired next year, he said.

"We're starting to see the trailer industry come back," Wahlin said. "We're confident the worst days are over."

Brodhead Mayor Doug Pinnow was happy to hear that Stoughton Trailers was re-opening. The city has been hit by the sluggish economy, losing several hundred jobs in three manufacturing facilities, Woodbridge Corp., Kuhn North America and Stoughton Trailers, over the past 18 months.

"I think it's great news for Brodhead," Pinnow said. "This will be good for Brodhead's economy."

Stoughton Trailers is taking applications for the Brodhead plant at its Stoughton offices, 1111 Veterans Road, Stoughton. Wahlin said that by November, the company will take applications at the Brodhead facility.

Stoughton Trailers makes vans, semi trailers and semi trailer chassis, according to the company's website, The company also maintains an inventory of parts. It has dealers in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Stoughton Trailers announced its plan to re-open the Brodhead plant in June. The company said it would begin recalling all of its workers who were employed with the company since 2007. That included Brodhead employees who would return to work first in Stoughton. The company started to send potential recall notifications to more than 500 laid-off employees in May.