Things that start as raw materials right here in Brady find their way to all corners of the globe. Loadcraft Industries, one of the county’s largest employers, spends its time and resources making a variety of specialized products ranging from oil drilling rigs to chassis designed for hauling heavy equipment. Recently, a photograph was received from members of the U.S. Marine Corps of a rig that was manufatured right here in Brady. First Lt. Donnie Fricks, stationed at Camp Blue Diamond in Iraq, sent the photo which was taken at the military base just before a crew was headed out to western Ramadi. A second photo was taken of the rig while it was parked on a lot with one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces located in the background. According to Lt. Fricks, the palace now serves as the headquarters for the soldiers of the 7th Iraqi Army Division. The information gathered for this article stems from an email request by Lt. Fricks inquiring about manuals they had not received when they received the trialers. Loadcraft personnel emailed the manuals back to Lt. Fricks along with other pertinent information they needed. Loadcraft built nearly 100 units 50-ton capacity as a medium capacity trailer through a joint venture between DEGA Internationl of Dallas and International Trucks last year. DEGA International coordinated the project and Loadraft was a sub-contractor of the trailers. The project was under TACOM’s requirements as support equipment for the Iraqi military. Loadcraft built the units, International Trucks of Garland supplied the trucks and picked the units up here in Brady and the units were taken to Houston for shipment to Iraq.