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New Sales and Branch Operations Structure

New Great Dane Sales and Branch Operations Structure Announced
Great Dane welcomes Jon Jeffries as Vice President and General Sales Manager; Dave Durand's Aftermarket Role Expands

(August 14, 2012) Great Dane is pleased to welcome its newest sales team member, Jon Jeffries, as Vice President and General Sales Manager. In this new role, Jeffries will be responsible for leading the company's sales functions, including dealer and branch sales, national accounts, flatbed sales, used trailer sales and sales administration.

With more than 25 years in the trailer industry, Jeffries returns to Great Dane after 14-plus years working in sales and marketing with Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems. He will work from his home in Indiana and commute to Great Dane's Savannah corporate office until he relocates with his family to Savannah next year.

"Jon has a tremendous amount of customer knowledge and well-rounded industry experience, and is ideally suited to lead our company's sales team," said Great Dane Executive VP, Dean Engelage. "I'm excited to have him join our already solid sales organization."

Branch System Realignment

Concurrent with the addition of Jon Jeffries to the sales team, Great Dane announced that the company is also realigning its branch system to better serve the growing needs of the aftermarket.

In the new alignment, Dave Gilliland will continue to lead the sales function as Vice President, Branch Sales, while Dave Durand has been promoted to Vice President, Aftermarket. In his new role, Durand will continue to oversee the Great Dane Aftermarket Parts Division, and also assume responsibility for Great Dane's branch operations, distributor development and aftermarket fleet services.

Durand began his career at Great Dane in January 2006. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for Branch Parts Operations, and was promoted to Vice President, Aftermarket Parts in January 2011. Durand has more than 30 years industry experience in branch and dealership operations including working for Fruehauf, Trailmobile, Timpte and Wabash National.

"With his solid background and proven performance at Great Dane, I am confident that Dave can leverage his experience and past success in his new position, and make Great Dane's Aftermarket Operations the best in the industry," said Engelage.

About Great Dane

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 http://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