Savannah, GA,
04:46 PM

Great Dane Honors Partnership at Inaugural Supplier Summit and Innovation Challenge

SAVANNAH, GA – (September 29, 2015) Great Dane is hosting its first Supplier Summit and Innovation Challenge from September 28th-30th at the Westin Harbor Resort in Savannah, GA. More than 250 supplier and company representatives are expected to attend all or part of the three-day event, designed as a forum to celebrate past successes while setting the stage for continued innovation and advancement.

During a special awards dinner Monday night, Great Dane recognized the company's top supplier partners who have excelled in the categories of cost savings, quality and safety, as well as a large and small supplier of the year. The 2015 award winners include Hendrickson Trailer in the cost savings category, New Process Steel in the quality category, and Valspar Corporation in the safety category. Hendrickson Trailer also received the Large Supplier of the Year Award and Hoosier Tank and Manufacturing received the Small Supplier of the Year Award.

According to Bob Brege, Great Dane's Vice President of Procurement, one of Great Dane's key corporate goals is to build and maintain a world-class collaborative partnership with its suppliers—a partnership which in turn helps Great Dane customers honor their own customer commitments through best-in-class products and aftermarket support. "The Supplier Summit helps make this vision a reality," Brege said.

Also being held this year in conjunction with the Supplier Summit is Great Dane's first Innovation Challenge, an optional supplier and company event designed to bring together the most talented and creative resources to create cutting-edge solutions for Great Dane and its customers.

Rick Mullininx, Great Dane's EVP of Engineering and a member of the company's Innovation Advisory Board, said that the company is looking forward to presentations from more than 70 supplier companies who accepted the challenge to propose new or enhanced products or processes. The Innovation Challenge presentations will take place from September 29th to September 30th. Mullininx added that Innovation Challenge participants will also have the opportunity to spend additional time in collaborative discussions with a cross-functional team of Great Dane managers and leaders—with the goal of developing new business solutions that leverage both company's specific areas of expertise.

"We're truly excited about these new opportunities to collaborate with our key suppliers and by the strong participation and creativity displayed at this first Supplier Summit. In many ways, Great Dane's success depends on the strong performance of our suppliers, and we thank them for their continued support and commitment to excellence."
Rick Mullininx, EVP Engineering

Great Dane is the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and used trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at