New Great Dane plant up and running

America’s newest truck trailer production facility is now up and running. Based on a new 200-unit contract with US transport company Celadon, Great Dane’s management has allowed the 42,000 m2 greenfield site to gradually ramp up production.

According to Great Dane, this is the first order for refrigerated equipment that Celadon has ever placed. “As a long-time supplier of Celadon's dry freight trailers, we're especially honored that Celadon selected us for its initial order of refrigerated trailers,” said Dave Gilliland, Great Dane's VP of National Accounts.

“These trailers will enable Celadon to expand its customer service by hauling temperature controlled freight in addition to its already wide range of services,” Gilliland added. “We're confident that these new trailers will prove to be a sound investment for Celadon.”

The ‘reefer’ trailers being built for Celadon are based on Great Dane's Everest TL model. They will include Great Dane's ThermoGuard reefer liner, which features a patented metal barrier layer in the sidewalls, ceiling and floor subpan to minimise thermal degradation of the trailer's insulation over time.

Other features of Celadon's customized Everest TL order include a “wedge” design for maximum rear opening height, Hendrickson HD Air Ride suspension, Bridgestone R197 Ecopia tires, Transtex side skirts, Carrier 2100 APX reefer unit with auto fresh air exchange and Intelliset temperature control, rear door switch, StarTrak GPS, side air chute, air return bulkhead and pallet stops. The trailers are also designed for occasional rail usage.

“We're very fortunate to have high quality suppliers right here in Indiana and we're extremely excited to continue our long term partnership with Great Dane, and at the same time, provide a new area of service coverage for our core customers,” stated Celadon President and CEO Paul Will.

Great Dane’s new Statesboro facility is replacing the brand’s old Savannah plant, setting a new benchmark in efficiency and environmental performance. Great Dane existing refrigerated equipment plants in Brazil, Indiana and Wayne City, Nebraska will continue work as usual.

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