Jacob Nunes
Finish Department Supervisor

Coming up through the ranks is pretty common for employees at Trinity Trailer. The retention of that institutional knowledge is one of the reasons Trinity is known for delivering high quality and reliable trailers. Many of today’s supervisors at the belt trailer manufacturing plant began their career as entry level employees, eventually progressing to higher levels of responsibility.  

Jacob Nunes, Trinity’s new Finish Department Supervisor, followed this same path.

Almost 7 years ago, Jacob was looking for a change of scenery and moved to Boise from New Mexico. He took a position as a welder at Trinity, a role that leveraged his experience at a structural steel company.

“I applied for the job, took the welding test, and a week later had an offer,” Jacob remembers. “I had heard good things about working for Trinity, so I was excited to join the company!”

For the next several years, Jacob grew his talents — both in welding craftsmanship and leadership. Colleagues saw Jacob as an uplifting person and someone always quick with a smile. Supervisors knew he could be counted on and was someone who took great pride in the quality of his work.

When the company decided to send a crew around the country to work on trailers, it was no surprise that Jacob was on the team. During that trip, Jacob’s skill and personality impressed his supervisor. So when Trinity was looking for a Finish Department Supervisor, Jacob was at the top of the list. In December of 2017, he was promoted to the position.

Jacob now leads the two finish department teams. The finishing touches every Trinity belt trailer receives are made by Jacob and his team. From the lights, hydraulics, fenders and tires to the suspension, brakes, plastics and even decals, Jacob ensures that each trailer is prepared to haul the toughest loads.

Outside of work, Jacob spends his free time — such as it is — in the garage or in Idaho’s great outdoors.

“I’ve got 7 kids ages 6 to 20. What’s free time?” he jokes.

When there are moments of calm, Jacob enjoys working on cars. He’s currently converting a 1982 Chevy S10 to a V8 pickup. He also enjoys the Idaho outdoors, and you’ll find him and the family out off-roading, camping, or riding their ATVs.

Jarod Spurrier
Jarod Spurrier
Service Supervisor

In 2010, Jarod Spurrier was fresh out of the Marine Corps, having just completed his second tour of duty as an infantry mortarman in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’d spent a few months working at his father’s motorcycle shop, but with his wife days away from giving birth to their first child, Jarod was looking for a full-time job with benefits. So on a Thursday morning — on the advice of his brother — Jarod applied for a position with Trinity and was almost immediately offered the job.

It was perfect timing — that weekend his daughter was born!

Now, seven years later, Jarod, relying on the discipline and communication skills he learned in the Marines, has progressed through the Trinity ranks to the position of Service Supervisor. He is responsible for ensuring that every single trailer meets the demanding standards set by Trinity.

Jarod also oversees a team of employees that manage any servicing, repairs and warranty work for customers. Whether for minor or major issues (they once got called when a customer’s trailer caught fire), Jarod and his team evaluate the trailer, then walk through the options with the customer. After they define an action plan, the team prepares a quote — the same day if possible — then gets to work!

A typical day for Jarod is rarely typical. The challenges can be varied and unique, including servicing trailers that have been working hard, sometimes for decades. Once they even rebuilt a trailer built in the 1980s after it had been over-filled, and torn in half when it was pulled over railroad tracks. It was hauled back to the Trinity shop and completely rebuilt, repainted and then put back to work.

When Jarod isn’t hard at work at Trinity, he’s enjoying time with his daughter, son, and wife — who’s expecting the couple’s third child.

Trinity Trailer Linup

Considering adding one or a fleet of trailers to your commodity hauling operation?

In the 70’s Trinity trailer patented our first EagleBridge belt and since then it has been the first choice trailer for hauling bulk commodities.

This post will help you research if our belt floor trailer is right for you by presenting 5 things to think about when choosing a trailer.

Whether you’re hauling agricultural materials, mining products, or waste materials you’ll be more informed.

Consider The Terrain

If you lived at the top of a muddy mountain road, would you buy a brand new sports car? Or would you consider investing in a 4×4 truck? It’s an easy choice.

When you’re selecting a commodity hauling trailer, you have to make some of the same choices. Will you be pulling the trailer through dirt fields or up uneven gravel roads?

Rigid frame aluminum trailers are going to be subject to cracking, but a stainless steel Trinity trailer can be pulled off-road and over rough sites as they’re designed to flex 18 degrees to either side!

Repair And Maintenance Costs

Whether you’re a one trailer operation or have a fleet of trailers for hauling your commodity materials, repairs happen.

Your business is moving materials and the more a trailer is in the shop the greater loss you’ll experience.

An advantage to Trinity’s self-unloading belt trailers is that they are rugged, easier and cheaper to repair than a shuffle floor trailer.

Less time in the shop, more on the road.

Speed Of Unloading And Clean Out

How much time do you want to spend unloading and cleaning your trailer?

Do you plan on hopping in and sweeping it out after every load?

A self-unloading belt trailer is faster to unload and cleans out easier than shuttle floor or dump trailers. One customer told us that it took him about 12-15 minutes to unload his materials using a shuttle floor, but with a self unloading belt floor trailer, it only takes 2-3 minutes!

Shuttle floor vs belt.

Think about this. If you’re going to be hauling any type of sticky, wet, or sludgy materials, how much time do you want to have to budget for cleaning off the sides?

Or if you’re hauling fly-ash or seed, do you want to be sweeping out the corners?

With the self-unloading belt trailer, unloading is faster and any maintenance is easier (and cheaper) – getting your trucks back on the road and making you money.

Resale value.

Eventually, you’re going to want to replace your trailer. Even if it’s 20 years down the road (yeah, a Trinity trailer can last that long!), compare makes and models to see how well the resale value holds up over the years.

A few years ago, we sold a fleet of trailers to a large farming operation in eastern Idaho. Unfortunate circumstances led to the farm going to auction and they had to sell the trailers. To our humble surprise, our commodity hauling trailers sold for even more than they would have cost to purchase brand new!

The customer needed them right away and had high confidence in the quality of the Trinity belt trailers.

Reach Out With Questions

Before you make a decision on what type trailer you’re going to purchase for hauling commodities, take 10 minutes to talk with us. We’re confident you’ll find we’re the best match for your application.