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Great Dane Heads North For Truck World 2012

Manufacturer Leads the Way with Product and Marketing Innovation at Canada's National Truck Show

TORONTO, ONTARIO – On display now in Booth #3650 at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario are two trailers representing Great Dane's all-new, re-designed product line. Everest refrigerated trailers, Champion dry freight vans and Freedom platforms make up Great Dane's re-engineered line, all of which incorporate the latest high-tech innovations as standards to maximize service life and reduce overall maintenance.

Great Dane's Everest refrigerated trailer represents the company's long legacy of leadership in reefer technology. This model is built to last and designed for truckload carriers who rely on the very best equipment to haul time and temperature-sensitive freight safely over long distances. The Everest series comes with standard reinforced features that provide longevity, like a stainless steel rear frame, patented corrugated aluminum roof, and PunctureGuard, Great Dane's exclusive lightweight, puncture resistant, glass-reinforced thermoplastic interior lining.

Equally important, Everest reefers are designed to minimize maintenance and combat corrosion. Completely sealed aluminum doors which eliminate moisture intrusion are now standard; wall panels are constructed using an automated injection process to insulate components and maximize thermal efficiency; and the industry's highest-rated flooring system protects the trailer from moisture damage from the inside and out.

The 53-ft. Everest TL on display in Great Dane's Truck World 2012 exhibit booth showcases many of these new standards and some of the options available for additional thermal efficiency, weight savings, corrosion resistance and maintenance reduction. The upgraded stainless steel rear doors on the show trailer have a triple-sealed gasket for peak thermal performance. Interior walls are lined with ThermoGuard, produced using a revolutionary patented multi-layer design that extends the useful life of a trailer as it ages by effectively increasing thermal efficiency. Great Dane's ThermoGuard lining also reduces cooling unit run time for greater fuel efficiency. Because it is manufactured using a similar process, upgrading to ThermoGuard from the standard PunctureGuard lining is a simple, cost-effective way to increase the life of the trailer and resale value.

The undercarriage and support gear of the Everest TL on display is also armed with CorroGuard, the key component in Great Dane's comprehensive corrosion prevention package. CorroGuard was developed specifically for trailer underbody protection from rock and stone impingement, de-icing chemicals and road hazards.

This particular Everest reefer is also fitted with a Smartway and CARB compliant Transtex Maximum Flex skirt constructed of thermoplastic composite material. The skirt is wind tunnel tested and designed to achieve optimal aerodynamic performance and reduction in fuel usage.

Like their refrigerated counterparts, Great Dane's Champion dry freight vans offer durability, quality workmanship and value resulting in reduced maintenance costs, long service life and a rapid return on investment. A noticeable improvement on Great Dane's new freight van series is its robust standard rear frame, EnduroGuard, which combines superior strength with corrosion resistance to withstand the elements and last a lifetime. Available in shallow and deep drop configurations, aluminum and stainless steel exteriors, composite panel designs, FRP and insulated models, Champion offers the versatility to serve all types of operations.

The Champion SE model represented in Great Dane's Truck World Booth, is a 53-ft. workhorse designed for heavy-duty productivity required by fleets. It is lined with HDPE plastic proven to be three times more puncture-resistant than plywood and features standard composite rear doors, offering optimum protection of cargo from moisture contamination and durability in virtually any weather or road condition.

All Great Dane trailers, including Everest and Champion models, now come with Stemco's Platinum Performance Plus wheel end system backed by an extended six-year warranty. Grote Micro Nova DOT LED lamps improve visibility and safety for drivers. And Great Dane's Long Life Light System combines the flexibility of a custom wiring system with the durability of a fully sealed modular harness. The Long Life Light System prevents moisture intrusion and is truly a maintenance free solution accompanied by a ten-year warranty.

Guests of Great Dane's Truck World exhibit booth will have an opportunity to learn more about the all-new Everest refrigerated trailer series and Champion Dry Freight series by taking advantage of recently-introduced interactive "snap tag" technology. Using the camera function on a traditional cell phone or smart phone, guests can "snap" an image supplied in the booth for a specific Great Dane trailer product, service or other innovation, which allows them to receive exactly the information they want on demand. This marks the first time Great Dane has used the snap tag mobile marketing service with its customers.

Great Dane, a manufacturer of dry van, refrigerated and platform 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., markets include dairy, meat, frozen food, keg beer, live poultry, vending products, flowers and plants, and ice. Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies can be accessed online at www.johnsontruckbodies.com.


Champion SE hi-res image

Everest TL hi-res image