Below are some highlights from an industrial photography shoot I did for XL Specialized Trailers in Manchester, Iowa earlier this month. I always enjoy industrial photography shoots like this, especially when I’m given the freedom to explore the shop and photograph subjects, machines and processes that are the most unique and interesting. We also spent time doing some product photography of a few trailers, which I may post at some point.

“XL Specialized Trailers is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered and customized trailers for applications in the heavy haul trucking, construction, agriculture, wind energy, and oil & gas industries. Founded in 1995 by George Wall, XL is headquartered in Manchester Iowa. The company is a leader in the heavy haul industry—and is growing quickly. XL employs hundreds of team members at its facilities in Manchester. Artisan craftspeople make up the bulk of its workforce: Welders, Machinists, Fabricators, Painters, and Final Assemblers. In line with its strategy, the company is planning for expansion, and/or acquisition, in the foreseeable future. Over 85% of XL’s trailers are sold through a dealer network with the balance being via national accounts. XL is a wholly owned division of Bull Moose Industries, a privately owned diversified industrial company owned by the Caparo Group.”

Rochester, Minnesota, photographer, Dean Riggott, has specialized in commercial, editorial and corporate photography since 1991. Besides industrial photography, he also specializes in food & hospitality photography, agricultural, architecture, healthcare, science, product and Rochester, Mn, photo stock.