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Great Dane Releases Long-Term ThermoGuard™ Fuel Savings Data at 2012 IFDA Conference

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LAS VEGAS, NV – (October 29, 2012) Great Dane will release updated seven-year test data at the 2012 IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference in Las Vegas that shows significant cooling unit fuel savings for most every type of refrigerated trailer operation utilizing the company's exclusive ThermoGuard liner. According to Great Dane's test results, fuel savings across a range of typical reefer operation types (excluding produce) average close to 1000 gallons over seven years, resulting in potential savings of thousands of dollars over the life of each ThermoGuard-equipped trailer.

Visitors to Great Dane's booth (#337) at the show's exhibit hall from October 29-30 will be able to learn more about ThermoGuard from the company's key sales and technical staff, and also see one of the company's latest Everest reefers. The 42' Everest CL show trailer was built for Sysco, and features pull-out platforms at each side door, a ROM® Sidekick walkramp, and CorroGuard™, Great Dane's exclusive corrosion-resistant undercoating.

According to Rick Mullininx, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Great Dane, the latest ThermoGuard performance data is the result of seven years of in-house and independent laboratory testing, as well as real-world customer feedback from ThermoGuard users in multiple operational categories and locations. Mullininx says that test results show operators in almost every type of refrigerated trailer operation realize significant benefits with ThermoGuard liners, with the greatest savings potential available to long-haul, low-temperature carriers.

"Our test data shows that most every refrigerated trailer owner can recoup the cost of the ThermoGuard liner in the first few years of operation through lower cooling unit fuel costs," Mullininx adds. "After that break-even point, owners can pocket the additional savings for the remaining life of the trailer, while realizing other benefits such as reduced maintenance costs and higher resale value."


Developed by Great Dane and patented throughout the world, ThermoGuard is an impact-resistant, glass-reinforced thermoplastic liner made exclusively for use as original equipment on Great Dane refrigerated trailers. As part of its light weight composite construction, ThermoGuard liners feature a proprietary metal barrier layer that helps to effectively seal the trailer's insulation from the harmful effects of insulation out-gassing and water vapor absorption.

According to Mullininx, cooling units in ThermoGuard-equipped trailers do not work as hard to make up for degrading insulation performance, resulting in reduced cooling unit run-time, reduced refueling time, extended refrigeration unit life and lower maintenance costs over the life of the trailer. Great Dane testing of in-service reefers shows that well-maintained trailers equipped with a ThermoGuard liner will typically retain insulation performance after seven years that is equal to trailers with traditional liners after only one and one-half years.

Great Dane introduced the ThermoGuard liner in 2005 and has continued to refine the composite liner system since that time. The liner is currently in use by customers in a wide range of refrigerated trailer operations, including Maersk, the world's largest container shipper. Beginning in January of 2013, all Great Dane reefers sold with the ThermoGuard liner will also include a new ThermoGuard subpan at no additional cost, Mullininx notes, which will further aid in trailer insulation while helping to prevent moisture intrusion into the trailer's subfloor.


Great Dane's wholly-owned subsidiary, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, will co-exhibit with Great Dane at the 2012 IFDA show, highlighting the company's new Guardian LT truck body. Mounted to an Isuzu EcoMax truck chassis, the fuel-efficient, lightweight Guardian LT package provides 15 MPG operation, a 13'6" reach-in style truck body with four compartments, and two adjustable temperature zones.

Other innovative features include fiberglass composite doors with neoprene compression gaskets with multiple air chambers for a thermal efficient seal; automotive-style door latch hardware with a remote keyless entry option; a new LED exterior and interior lighting package; an easy to replace bolt-on tubular stainless steel rear bumper; recessed fuel inlet; and an advanced body tie-down system that promotes security while reducing maintenance. The low ground-to-inside floor height of the Guardian LT also makes it quicker, safer, and easier for operators to access the cargo area from the ground.


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, IL., 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.

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies 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.