It's a major development for Portage's Hi Tec Industries.  The company has made a deal with Iowa based H&H Trailers. Hi Tec Owner and President John Dueck says Hi Tec will start manufacturing trailers next month. Hi Tec will start by building flat beds, high decks and dump box trailers with plans to expand in the future. 
Aside from wheels and small order-in parts, Hi Tec will build the complete trailer. H&H Trailers market a variety of world class trailers. For Co-founder Craig Hull Portage la Prairie was the perfect choice to expand operations.  He says the quality of Hi Tec's work combined with Portage's Central Location made Hi Tec an ideal fit for H&H Trailers. 
Both Dueck and Hull are excited for the future.  Dueck calls the deal very positive for the local economy.  Hi Tec currently employs 96 people and are looking to build their staff.