Craftsmen Industries Acquires Chester Built Trailers
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Chester Built Concession Trailers
Craftsmen Industries finalized the investment in and acquisition of all Chester Built Trailers assets to expand product offerings to fair and festival customers.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - CuisineWire -- Craftsmen Industries finalized the investment in and acquisition of all Chester Built Trailers assets to expand product offerings to fair and festival customers.

"The addition of Chester Built Trailers established array of standardized and modestly customizable concession trailers bolsters our selection of top-quality concession features," Mark Steele, Craftsmen Industries and Schantz Manufacturing CEO and Co-Owner said. "Craftsmen, Schantz, and Chester all share dedication to providing customers with best-in-class product innovations and service. We are thrilled to now offer that threefold to our customers.  I am excited to continue to serve as a sales leader for the combined organization well into the future and grow our market share".

"More capacity, extensive manufacturing capabilities, and world-class printing and graphics capabilities are incredible resources to serve the fair and festival market," Clay Chester, Founder of Chester Built Trailers said.  "Legacies of creativity and reliability promise a bright future on the midway with a full product line from economical to the most elaborate and highly customized offerings."

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Craftsmen Industries has designed, engineered, and produced custom experiential mobile marketing trailers, large format graphics, and industrial mobile solutions for nearly 40 years. The company entered the fair and festival industry with the acquisition of Schantz Manufacturing in 2017.  Schantz continued to produce concession trailers and festival assets with the backing of Craftsmen's design, manufacturing, and print graphics capabilities.

Chester Built Trailers products will be fabricated at the Schantz Manufacturing facility in Highland, Illinois. A team of engineers, fabrication specialists, and certified printers and installers provide highly integrated vertical manufacturing. ISO 9001:2015 certified processes add an elevated level of quality to each concession unit.

"I am really impressed with Clay Chester and what he has done in the fair and festival industry," Mark Steele said.  "We are very excited to have Clay as a sales executive for our company and look forward to building a bright future for all of our brands and products with Clay."

About Craftsmen Industries, Inc.
Craftsmen Industries has been the market leader of design, engineering and fabrication of custom industrial mobile solutions, experiential marketing vehicles and large-format graphics for nearly 40 years. Its 127,000 square foot facility located St. Charles, MO houses 150 skilled team members across many fields including engineering and design, welding, 3D fabrication, electrical, plumbing, paint, and G7 Master Printing. Craftsmen Industries follows ISO 9001:2015 certified processes to provide customers with best-in-class quality, service, and speed. To learn more, visit

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About Chester Built Trailers Ltd.
Chester Built Trailers provides the fair and festival industry with standardized and customizable assets. The company offers concession trailers, bunkhouses, ticket boxes, and Roll-O-Vend trailers. All assets are complete with large format graphics and easy workflows. To learn more, visit

About Schantz Manufacturing
Schantz Manufacturing, a division of Craftsmen Industries, is located in Highland, IL. The company specializes in the design and fabrication of concession trailers, hospitality trailers, ticket kiosks and other fair and festival assets for over 60 years and across three generations of Schantz family design leadership. The assets are built from ground up using a patented retractable wheel system to create a brick-and-mortar appearance that offers the lowest counters in the industry for best customer experience. To learn more, visit

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