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Great Dane Keeps Product Innovation at the Forefront in MATS 2015


Innovation takes center stage in Great Dane's booth #34075 at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville from March 26-28, providing visitors with an interactive and informative experience designed to showcase the company's latest advances in trailer technology, performance and customer support.

(Louisville, KY - March 26, 2015) Innovation takes center stage in Great Dane's booth #34075 at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville from March 26th-28th, providing visitors with an interactive and informative experience designed to showcase the company's latest advances in trailer technology, performance and customer support.

In keeping with Great Dane's new "Commit With Confidence" branding theme, the company's 2015 MATS displays allow visitors to experience the company's latest equipment first-hand, including the first public showing of the company's completely redesigned aluminum flatbed trailer—the Freedom XP. Also featured will be an Everest TL truckload reefer with advanced ThermoGuard lining; a Champion CP composite plate dry van featuring bonded sidewall construction; a Freedom LT combo flatbed featuring disc brakes and CorroGuard undercoating; and an Alpine sheet-and-post refrigerated truck body designed and built in cooperation with Great Dane's subsidiary, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies. Additional interactive displays in the booth will showcase Great Dane's new interactive iPad® and iPhone® product and branch/dealer locator apps.

"The pace of growth and innovation is continuing to accelerate in our industry as customers look for their equipment to last longer and operate even more safely and efficiently," said Dean Engelage, Great Dane's President. "At this year's MATS show we look forward to demonstrating how Great Dane's equipment and aftermarket support continues to lead the industry in providing true long-term value to fleet operators throughout the Americas."

Featured Show Trailers
Highlighted in Great Dane's 2015 MATS booth are four of the company's latest trailers, all featuring an impressive range of standard features such as Accuride wheels with advanced Steel Armor™ powder-coating technology; Bridgestone Ecopia™ low rolling resistance tires, Stemco Platinum Performance Plus™ wheel-end systems with exclusive six-year limited warranty, and Grote's 100% LED lighting system with dual-intensity stop lights and a fully sealed Long-Life modular wiring harness covered by a 10-year warranty.

Redesigned 48' Freedom XP Aluminum Flatbed
Great Dane's all-aluminum Freedom XP flatbed trailer has been redesigned based on extensive review and input from Great Dane flatbed fleet customers. The trailer is rated for a 52,000 lb. load concentrated in four feet, with an optional main beam configuration that achieves a 60,000 rating. It is nearly 1,200 pounds lighter than a comparable steel-/aluminum combo trailer, and is available with low- or high-camber. Among the many new features in the redesigned flatbed this year are a lighter, stiffer beam assembly that has been re-contoured for improved swing clearance; a sure-grip floor surface for increased traction and load stability; an extended full-length rub rail; new landing gear design, a streamlined wiring harness assembly; and low profile turn signals.

The 48' MATS show trailer features the XP's optional appearance package, designed to enhance the trailer's visual impact with features such as polished filler plates, added mud flaps and additional LED lighting. Other optional features on the show trailer include CorroGuard-treated landing gear; a Hendrickson Maxx 22 disc brake system; a single-coil hauling package; Hendrickson's TireMaxx Pro™ tire inflation system; and Accurride mirror polish aluminum disc wheels.

53' Bonded Construction Composite Plate Dry Van
Great Dane is exhibiting a special version of its popular Champion CP composite plate dry van at MATS 2015, featuring bonded lap joint sidewalls to provide a smooth exterior surface while reducing the use of rivets in the trailer. The show trailer also features a range of other standards and options including 15.3" scuffbands; Great Dane's corrosion-fighting EnduroGuard swing door frame; Prolam hardwood flooring with sliding J-Hook tracks, PuR™ undercoating and WaxIn 100™ top coating; full-length A-track bonded to the interior liner; a Hendrickson/Bendix disc brake system; and galvanized steel I-beam cross members on 12" centers.

Weight--Saving 53' Truckload Reefer
Great Dane's Everest TL reefer goes the distance to meet the demands of the long-haul truckload carrier at a competitive price, featuring industry-leading lightweight wood-free technology, unparalleled thermal efficiency and exceptional durability. In addition to its wide range of standard features, the Everest TL show trailer also features ThermoGuard lining in the floors, walls, ceiling and doors; a PunctureGuard bonded scuffband; Grote LED rectangular domelights with passive infrared motion sensors; Hendrickson's TireMaxx Pro™ tire inflation system; a CorroGuard-coated landing gear assembly and Hendrickson's Ultraa-K™ air-slider suspension and Accuride Accu-Shield™ mirror-polished aluminum disc wheels.

Corrosion-Busting 48' Combo Flatbed
Great Dane's versatile Freedom LT combo flatbed combines steel and aluminum construction to provide a lightweight, low maintenance product with a lasting appearance and outstanding long-term value. The Great Dane show model includes CorroGuard anti-corrosion coating on the trailer's mainbeam as well as on support gear components. Other special features of the show trailer include an extended full-length rub rail, a galvanized upper coupler, a single coil hauling package with aluminum cross-members, a Hendrickson TireMaxx Pro™ tire inflation system, and Accuride Accu-Shield™ mirror-polish aluminum disc wheels.

Johnson Alpine Refrigerated Truck Body
The Alpine truck body is the result of a recent collaborative effort between engineers at Great Dane and Johnson. The finished product represents the next generation of refrigerated sheet-and-post truck bodies and features the hallmarks of Great Dane and Johnson engineering and quality which have led the refrigerated transportation industry for nearly a century. Like other Johnson products, the Alpine is engineered to have superior structural integrity and manufactured to meet the strictest quality standards. Its modular panel sheet-and-post construction combines cost efficiency with ease of repair in the event of damage. The state-of-the-art foaming method refined and proven by Great Dane ensures optimal quality with void-free insulation and the highest level of thermal efficiency in the industry. The Alpine's durable superstructure is built to suit a wide range of refrigerated applications while lowering the cost of operation and minimizing maintenance requirements. A variety of options for custom interior lining, access systems, body height, length, width and door configurations are available. The Alpine model on display at the show is a 24' body with curbside door, mounted on an International 4400 SBA 4 x 2 chassis.


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