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By Andrew Knaus

Iowa company flying high despite recession

Cresco, IOWA (KTTC-DT) --  In the darkness of the great recession, Cresco, Iowa's Featherlite Incorporated is a bright spot.

Featherlite produced the best selling aluminum livestock trailer and horse trailer in the U.S. in 2010.

Gary Kriener, Featherlite Interiors Manager, says Featherlite's diverse product line has the trailer manufacturing company emerging victorious.

"The different product lines you'll see here today, You'll walk around this building and see models and trailers capable of hauling anything you desire from cars, material hospital units," says Gary Kriener.

Kriener says some of the other trailer companies put heavy focus on one or two products that sold well.

"And that was the Achilles' heal for a lot of them, that when the markets declined in those particular areas they had nothing else to fall back on to," says Kriener.

Kriener says Featherlite looks to only gain strength in the future.

And as the company rolls out it's 2012 models, Tennessee Featherlite retailer Jackie Moore says he hopes Featherlite's success will continue to grow his business.

"I mean that's everybody's goal. you're not in business for you're looks so you gotta keep growing. But with Featherlite's help and our devotion, there's no reason we can't climb to the top and succeed." says Jackie Moore.

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