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Great Dane

Great Dane
is a leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company's network of corporate-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and used trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at 


Great Dane offers competitive compensation and full-featured benefits including medical/dental/life insurance, 401K, disability, profit-sharing / gainsharing, flexible spending and dependent daycare spending accounts for most positions.

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Great Dane Showcases Transportation Solutions at 2016 TMC Exhibition

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee – February 29, 2016) Great Dane is proud to showcase a variety of innovative transportation solutions at booth #148 at this year's Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The event is being held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 29 – March 2.

In keeping with Great Dane's new "Let's Go" branding theme, the company's 2016 TMC displays allow visitors to experience the company's latest equipment first-hand. Among the items showcased in Great Dane's TMC booth this year are:

The all-new Sahara Dry Freight Truck Body, which incorporates industry-leading trailer and truck body designs from Great Dane and Johnson Truck Bodies, features Great Dane's exclusive body tie-down system; Grote® LongLife sealed harness with 10-year warranty; .24" pre-painted white exterior composite plate with galvanized steel interior; EnduroGuard roll-up door frame; grab handles at rear, curbside, and roadside for easy loading and unloading; and a composite upper corner design with aluminum corner connection for durability and ease of repair.

A 2017 model 53' Champion CP Dry Van custom built for Saia LTL Freight of Johns Creek, Georgia. In addition to features such as the Stemco® Platinum Performance Plus Wheel-End System and Grote®'s LongLife 100% LED Lighting System, the Saia show trailer features a range of custom options, including composite plate panels with .019" galvanized steel skins; Prolam™ hardwood flooring with protective coatings, including WaxIn100™ full-length protective top coating and full-length PuR™ polyurethane undercoating for superior moisture barrier protection, and a Meritor PSI Inflation System.

A 2017 model 28' Champion SE Dry Van custom built for Southeastern Freight Lines of Columbia, South Carolina. Noteworthy features on this versatile pup trailer include Great Dane's PunctureGuard lining for increased protection; 1.38" Prolam® hardwood flooring with WaxIn 100™ full-length protective top coating and full-length PuR™ polyurethane undercoating; a bolt-on suspension sub-frame; galvanized steel decking panels with universal decking options and .200" x 24" PunctureGuard side scuffbands.

A 2017 model Great Dane Single-Axle Converter Dolly which features a bolt-on drawbar tongue assembly; a new approach ramp on the rear frame to prevent the low trailer from hitting the rear of the fifth wheel; Bridgestone R268 Low Rolling Resistance Tires and a Stemco Platinum Performance Plus Wheel-End System with 6-year warranty.

The Champion CP, Champion SE and Converter Dolly were assembled at Great Dane's Kewanee, Illinois facility.

Also on display is Great Dane's 4-in-1 Back Up Alarm System designed to increase safety for drivers and pedestrians. This system features Grote®'s new integrated lamp that combines all stop/tail/turn and back-up functions into one industry-standard size lamp. The innovative 4-in-1 Back Up Alarm only works when the wheels turn backward, does not come on when the trailer moves forward, and is completely independent of the ABS system on the brakes.

Great Dane Strengthens AdvantEDGE Emergency Road Services Program with Love's Travel Stops

(Nashville, Tennessee – February 29, 2016) – Five years after its successful launch, Great Dane continues to enhance and expand its AdvantEDGE National Accounts Parts and Service Program. Great Dane has partnered with Love's Travel Stops to grow its Emergency Road Service (ERS) presence. Love's will provide roadside assistance for AdvantEDGE members with the same superior service, quality and value they've come to expect from Great Dane.

"Great Dane has chosen to partner with Love's Travel Stops because of its high integrity for quality and customer service, as well as its locations matching our fleet customers' shipping lanes," said National Account Sales Manager Randy Gosson.

"We take great pride in providing emergency roadside services to our Customers to get them back on the road as quickly as possible," said Terry Sewell, manager of tire care service operations for Love's Travel Stops.

ERS is available 24hours a day, seven days a week for Class 7 and 8 tractors and trailers. AdvantEDGE fleets have access to nationwide coverage in the United States, including service trucks offering tire care, light mechanical and minor reefer repairs. As always, AdvantEDGE guarantees competitive labor rates and signature parts price protection.

"With the addition of Love's Travel Stops' vast network of locations, Great Dane AdvantEDGE now has more than 500 mobile service trucks in more than 350 locations nationwide to service our fleet customers," said Aftermarket Service Manager Tony Neven.

For more information on ERS or to enroll your company in AdvantEDGE, visit the Great Dane booth #148 at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting and exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 29 – March 3 or contact Randy Gosson, National Accounts Sales Manager, at

Great Dane & Johnson Address Changing Needs of Foodservice Providers at 2015 IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference

(Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 27, 2015) - Great Dane and its wholly owned subsidiary, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, are showcasing products tailored specifically for the changing needs of the foodservice industry October 27–29 at the 2015 International Food Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference.  Attendees at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix can visit Booth #100 to see specially configured foodservice equipment including a multi-temp Great Dane Everest CL refrigerated trailer, as well as Johnson Guardian and Alpine Series refrigerated truck bodies customized for middle mile and last mile deliveries.  

All models on display are engineered to address increasing food safety regulatory changes that are impacting the needs of foodservice customers nationwide, with a focus on thermal efficiency and long-term durability.  

The 28' Great Dane Everest CL multi-temp refrigerated trailer being exhibited includes popular foodservice options such as Great Dane's patented ThermoGuard interior lining as well as the company's exclusive CorroGuard corrosion-resistant coating on the trailer's undercarriage and landing gear. The ECL show trailer is also equipped with the popular Roll-O-Matic Sidekick walk ramp for ease and efficiency of side deliveries, and a Maxon Columnlift liftgate designed to handle demanding distribution requirements.

Because grocery, multi-temp, and foodservice delivery customers have distinctly different requirements than their long haul counterparts, the Everest CL is designed with versatility in mind.  Highly customizable options are available to accommodate virtually any temperature-controlled application, including moveable bulkheads that allow an ambient section and up to three precisely controlled compartments for sensitive cargo.  Multiple side and rear door configurations and access systems are also available.

The 24' Johnson Alpine truck body on display is engineered to have superior structural integrity and manufactured to meet the strictest quality standards. Its advanced modular panel sheet & post construction combines thermal efficiency with ease of repair in the event of damage. The Alpine's state-of-the-art insulation foaming technology has been refined and proven by Great Dane to promote optimal quality and void-free insulation.  The Alpine also features a curbside door, and is mounted on an International 4400 SBA 4 x 2 chassis. The body is equipped with a Carrier Supra 960 refrigeration unit with electric standby motor. 

To address changing market demand for enhanced last-mile delivery options, Johnson is also exhibiting a new 16' Guardian composite truck body.  The unit on display was optimized for Walmart's latest online home and pick-up delivery business model, and features multiple doors and compartments for low-temp items (0°F), medium temp (33-38 °F) as well as ambient temp (68-72 °F). 

Johnson has recently expanded and diversified its Guardian product line by introducing this new truck body configuration designed to meet the needs of food distributors looking for flexibility with last mile deliveries. Whether the task is to deliver a mix of low and medium-temp products to customers in the suburbs, or to complete a specialty order for a restaurant in the metro area, the Guardian's composite multi-temp design provides superior thermal efficiency as well as easy and secure cargo access for drivers. 


Mission Statement:

Great Dane Trailers will provide equipment and service to the transportation industry. We will fully satisfy our customers by setting the standard for quality, innovation and leadership. We will be the preferred supplier in our industry by delivering exceptional value to our customers. We will generate a return on investment that is sufficient to assure continuous improvement in quality and market growth as well as professional opportunities and financial security for our employees.
Vision Statement:
 Our vision is to be the champion for the transportation industry by putting our leadership into action each and every day.
Environmental Commitment:

Conduct business in a manner protective of human health and the environment. Maintain 100% compliance with all applicable federal, state and local environmental regulations. Encourage pollution prevention by reducing the use of materials, which may have a negative impact on human health and the environment.


We go to great lengths to provide our customers with the most outstanding value in the industry and it shows.

From our innovative reefers, to our uniquely designed vans, to our versatile platform trailers, the Great Dane product line is an investment that will pay off mile after mile, year after year.
Thanks to the industry's most knowledgeable engineering staff and sophisticated research and design facility, the following features are found throughout the Great Dane product line:
  • Valuable standard options
  • Options exclusive to Great Dane
  • Innovative design
  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Low maintenance
  • Appearance
  • Versatility