Savannah, GA,
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June
2012
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07:03 PM
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Byrne Dairy

Summary


"We have not had a single problem with any of the Great Dane Classic reefers we've purchased in the past eight years," says Paul Spencer, fleet maintenance manager at Byrne Dairy. "These trailers are proving to be a very worthwhile long-term investment."

Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, Byrne Dairy now fields 50 Great Dane Classic reefers. Since 2004, the company has been replacing other trailers in its fleet exclusively with Great Dane 35 ft and 48 ft models.

"We have not had a single problem with any of the Great Dane Classic reefers we've purchased in the past eight years," says Paul Spencer, fleet maintenance manager at Byrne Dairy. "These trailers are proving to be a very worthwhile long-term investment."
Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, Byrne Dairy now fields 50 Great Dane Classic reefers. Since 2004, the company has been replacing other trailers in its fleet exclusively with Great Dane 35 ft and 48 ft models.

"We turned to Great Dane to address a number of structural issues we were having with our refrigerated trailers," Spencer states. "We needed an OEM that would build equipment to our specifications, and that offered a trailer that would meet our needs for durability and reliability. We found those attributes in Great Dane."

Byrne Dairy's latest order of 48 ft by 96-inch Great Dane Classic reefers calls for several specifications that are now standards for the fleet. Included are extra crossmembers over the landing gear and a unique specification for a reinforced bottom rail under the two curbside 40-inch doors on each trailer.

This spec, Spencer explains, provides the protection needed when trucks are backed up to the trailer side doors so pallets, carts and crates can be transferred between vehicles. "During this transfer operation," he adds, "it was too easy to accidentally damage the trailer with the truck's rear bumper. Great Dane was willing to provide this reinforcement for protection, along with side door steps and grab handles."

Bryne Dairy's Great Dane Classic reefers also feature stainless steel rear door frames and Whiting Coldsaver III roll-up doors with stainless steel interior and exterior hardware. All lights on the trailers are LED lamps and have the Grote Long Life Light System, plus three interior dome lights. Inside its trailers, the fleet specs a heavy-duty textured aluminum floor and a 16-inch high extruded aluminum scuffband. The latest trailers are equipped with Carrier refrigeration units.

Byrne Dairy trailers are specified with SAF Holland Mark V landing gear and an air operated Premier pintle hook for doubles operations. The trailers ride on Hendrickson 40,000-lb capacity sliding tandem axles with air suspensions.

Standard specs on the trailers also call for Conmet aluminum hubs and TruTurn outboard cast drums, Meritor PSI automatic tire monitoring and inflation systems, and Accuride aluminum disc wheels.

Byrne Dairy invests as heavily in its trailers as it does in its business. The company's state-of-the-art 40,000sq ft Ultra Dairy manufacturing facility in Dewitt, New York, which can hold 50,000 gallons of raw milk, is one of the country's most advanced ultra pasteurized plants. In 2008, the company invested $28 million to expand its Ultra Dairy production as well as its technological capabilities.

A third-generation, family-owned business, Byrne Dairy was founded in 1933. Its first milk products were delivered to homes and stores by horse-drawn wagons. In 1941, it began using motorized vehicles. Today, its fleet hauls tens of millions of gallons of milk, cream and ice cream annually, distributing its perishable products along the entire eastern seaboard and delivering longer-life dairy and non-dairy products to all states east of the Mississippi River.

Byrne Dairy products are carried by one of the industry's most capable and safest teams of drivers. At the New York State Truck Driving Championships, which includes a written knowledge test, a pre-trip inspection competition and a skills road course, three Byrne Dairy drivers placed in the top three spots in their respective vehicle classes. In addition, for a sixth year in a row, Byrne Dairy was recognized by the New York State Motor Truck Association as one of the safest fleets in the state. Its most recent first place award in the Large Metro Class for outstanding highway safety was the result of traveling more than 6.7 million miles without a recordable accident.

In all respects, Byrne Dairy is a forward-think- ing company. From its manufacturing technology to the trailers that deliver its products, only the best long term investments are adopted. "That's why we're phasing Great Dane reefers into our operation," Paul Spencer says, "and plan to do so until our entire fleet of trailers is built by Great Dane."

Everest CL Reefer
Great Dane's all-new line of reefer trailers includes the Everest CL which provides the flexibility to configure as many as three precisely controlled temperature zones and an ambient section. With the latest industry-best innovations as standard, Everest reefers include Great Dane's exclusive PunctureGuard lining for increased protection from daily wear and tear and an enhanced floor package featuring an anti-corrosion system.

Also featured is the Long-Life Light System with all LED lamps and dual intensity lighting; and Stemco's Platinum Performance Plus wheel end system. Everest CL models are avail- able with white aluminum or corrugated stainless steel exterior panels and a comb-style rear frame constructed of rustproof satin-finish stainless steel. To learn more, go to www.greatdanetrailers.com.