Built by History, Driven by Innovation
Great Dane ushers in a new era by opening its new Savannah office
You can't help but soak in Savannah, Georgia's history as you walk across River Street's 200-year-old cobblestones. Veering into the heart of Savannah's Historic District, you start to recognize how modern-day innovation has taken root within Georgia's oldest city: Be it through the chatter from a trendy restaurant or the blooming, beautiful creations from the students of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Built by a powerful history, driven by the nimbleness of new ideas - you get that same feeling walking through Great Dane's new Savannah office.
The opening of this facility marks a new era in the company's history. It sports updated offices, cutting-edge research and development labs and a second-to-none customer experience center complete with an interactive Innovation Hall.
"This is a milestone in our history," said Chris Hammond, executive vice president of Sales. "We now have the vast majority of our Savannah employees in one modern facility where teams can collaborate and share information as they develop new technologies and products."
When it comes down to business, the main building has three floors of offices and an attached dining area that can be used for large meetings. The research and development labs, however, are where the rubber meets the road. The labs have the latest technology for product testing and development, including the trailer industry's only full-scale thermal bay test lab and trailer road simulator, which can put a trailer through stress tests and the equivalent of years of use in just a few weeks.
If that weren't enough to spur a visit, the Innovation Hall provides visitors with an interactive, hands-on experience that demonstrates the company's purpose, values and the powerful drive to serve its customers.
As Great Dane heads into its second century of business, this new facility will aid significantly in ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of goods for Great Dane customers, and provide employees with a dynamic environment for growth.
In the same vein of growth and progress, Great Dane relocated its Atlanta branch to a new facility located at 1637 Forest Parkway. Conveniently located near several major highways, the new facility is significantly larger than its predecessor and features an expanded parts showroom and bigger stockyard.
"Our new facility is designed to help us better serve our customers," sail Al Cox, Great Dane regional sales manager. "In addition to a safer, more convenient location, this facility is much larger. We can stock more trailers, truck bodies and parts to provide our customers with faster service."
With more than 25,000 square feet, the Great Dane Atlanta branch features an expansive new and pre-owned trailer and truck body display lot, a large retail parts center and an updated service center that is open seven days a week. The new location has a large drop yard and is also a designated Great Dane truck body center and the company's newest flatbed distribution center.
According to Cox, Great Dane Atlanta is now truly a one-stop-shop for trailers, truck bodies, parts and service. The Atlanta branch is located near Great Dane's manufacturing plants in Statesboro, Georgia, and Huntsville, Tennessee, allowing for easy product access.