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September
2013
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09:18 PM
America/New_York

Great Dane CEO and President Announces Succession Plan

Great Dane CEO and President Announces Succession Plan

SAVANNAH, GA – (September 12, 2013) Great Dane CEO and President Bill Crown announced today his intention to step away from his day-to-day activities as company President, while retaining the role of CEO. Effective October 1, 2013, Dean Engelage, Great Dane's EVP of Sales and Strategic Planning, will succeed Crown as the company President.

Mr. Engelage's appointment is part of a managed executive transition which has been coordinated by Bill Crown and the Great Dane executive management team over the past year. Crown, who assumed the President position when Phillip Pines retired in 2010, will continue to be actively involved in the company as CEO going forward.

"Leading the Great Dane organization has been a rewarding experience," said Crown. "The Great Dane team has built a great business and we are well positioned to go forward from a position of strength. I look forward to working closely with Dean and am confident he will continue to lead the organization to new heights. Our shared vision and values provide a solid foundation from which we will continue to execute our growth strategy and drive toward long-term value for our customers."

"I am delighted to take up my new role as President of Great Dane," Engelage said. "I look forward to working with our dedicated employees to further the Company's market leadership and growth by bringing new levels of innovation, customer experience and value to the marketplace."

About Dean Engelage
Dean Engelage joined Great Dane in 2011 as Executive Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning. In this role he has overall responsibility for Great Dane's sales and aftermarket initiatives, including business development, marketing and information technology. Dean also oversees the management of Johnson Truck Bodies, a Great Dane company.

Prior to Great Dane, Dean worked for American Airlines and General Dynamics in marketing, purchasing and finance, and most recently spent more than 16 years with Great Dane's parent company, CC Industries, in various management positions. Dean began his career with CC Industries in 1996 in the marketing department of Woodard, a Crown-owned furniture company, ultimately becoming President in 2004. After Woodard was sold in 2008, Dean worked on the Johnson Truck Bodies and Trail King acquisitions and also managed the Crown's Asia operations. Today he retains an oversight role of the Crown's Asia operations in both the furniture and transportation industries.

Dean is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has a Master's degree in Finance.

About Great Dane
Great Dane, a manufacturer of dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailers, has long been regarded as the industry leader in technology, innovation and quality. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and has additional corporate offices in Savannah, Ga., with manufacturing plants and a parts distribution center strategically located throughout the United States. Great Dane's network of company-owned branches and full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offer distribution points for both trailers and aftermarket parts across North and South America. Great Dane can be accessed online at www.greatdanetrailers.com.

The company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, acquired in 2010, is the innovator and manufacturer of custom fiberglass, specialized refrigerated truck bodies and trailers that range from eight to 36-ft. in length. With headquarters in Rice Lake, Wis., Johnson markets include dairy, meat, frozen food, pharmaceuticals, keg beer, live poultry, vending products, flowers and plants, and ice. Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies can be accessed online at www.johnsontruckbodies.com.