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Great Dane Introduces Everest Reefer--Engineered for Peak Performance

Redesigned refrigerated trailer series underscores commitment to the market, leadership in reefer innovation

LOUISVILLE, KY – Two models of Great Dane's all-new Everest series of refrigerated trailers are on public display for the first time at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show in Booth #34075. Attendees visiting the world's largest trucking expo in Louisville, Ky. March 22 - 24 will have a chance to learn first-hand about the new standards for Great Dane's recently re-engineered, best-ever reefer line and experience an "Everest Expedition" in the company's tradeshow booth.

Great Dane's history of innovation in refrigerated trailers dates back to the 1940's when the company first introduced the first wet ice bunker and blower system for hauling produce. That legacy of leadership in technology is continued with Everest reefers, uniquely designed to meet the demands of a dynamic industry. The entire series of Everest reefers, including TL and SS models for long haul truckload carriers and CL for specialized, foodservice and multi-temp applications, has been re-engineered with stringent standards to be tougher, last longer and operate more efficiently than its predecessors and competitors.

New standards for all Everest reefers include reinforced features like a stainless steel rear frame for superior strength and corrosion resistance, a patented corrugated aluminum roof that adds stiffness to the structure, and PunctureGuard interior lining, a lightweight, puncture resistant, glass-reinforced thermoplastic material produced exclusively by Great Dane. Also standard are aluminum doors with a unique dual-sealed gasket, which eliminates moisture intrusion and locks in refrigerated air. The industry's highest-rated flooring system features aluminum ducts and full-width composite floor sills to protect the trailer from moisture damage from the inside and out.

All Great Dane trailers, including Everest 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.

The two Everest reefers in Great Dane's exhibit booth showcase these new standards and an array of options available for additional thermal efficiency, weight savings, corrosion resistance and maintenance reduction. The stainless steel rear doors on the 53-ft. Everest TL display 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. Using ThermoGuard lining, available only from Great Dane, 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.

The second Everest on display is a 48-ft. all stainless steel CL model courtesy of Sysco. The highly specified foodservice trailer demonstrates the level of versatility offered by Great Dane's new refrigerated series. The CL comes with all of the standard features of the TL and SS models but can be divided into as many as three temperature-controlled compartments and an ambient section to accommodate a variety of hauls. The Sysco CL has a stainless steel roll-up door frame and fully welded rear impact guard for additional strength and corrosion defense. Logistic track is installed for cargo security, and the undercarriage and support gear are treated with CorroGuard protection. Guests of Great Dane's MATS exhibit booth will have an opportunity to learn more about the all-new Everest refrigerated trailer series in guided "Everest Expedition" tours. Great Dane engineering, sales and executive staff will be on-hand for consultation throughout the tradeshow.

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.