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Statesboro Plant Delivers First Customer Trailer to Rowland Transportation


Great Dane's new refrigerated trailer plant in Statesboro, Georgia recently celebrated the completion and delivery of the facility's first customer order.

Great Dane's new refrigerated trailer plant in Statesboro, Georgia recently celebrated the completion and delivery of the facility's first customer order, an Everest TL refrigerated trailer, for Rowland Transportation of Dade City, Florida.


"It's exciting to see customer trailers rolling off of our assembly lines here in Statesboro," plant manager Kevin Black said. "We've made tremendous progress since opening our doors earlier this year–all made possible due to the hard work of our dedicated plant employees and community partners."


In taking delivery of the trailer, Rowland Transportation president Doc Hyder commented on his family's long-standing relationship with Great Dane. "Great Dane has been a leader in the field of refrigerated transportation, which is why my family has used them for 70 years. Our relationship with Great Dane goes back to the 1940s when my great-grandfather hauled fresh produce out of Florida and North Carolina to Boston, using wet bed ice bunkers to keep the product cool."


Hyder is a Florida native with strong ties to the trucking industry. He started work with his family's business in 1983, but can trace his trucking roots back to the 1920s when his great-grandfather began Clay Hyder Truck Lines. The Hyder family expanded its business hauling commodities and foodstuffs, such as tea out of Boston and sugar from Savannah, and was one of the first carriers to haul fresh and chilled citrus products out of Florida to the Carolinas. Doc's grandfather, father and uncle continued that tradition through the years. Today Rowland Transportation mainly consists of hauling refrigerated food products throughout the country, with a focus in the Southeast region.


Pictured above from left to right: Don Jones, Rowland Transportation Driver; Michael Chitty, Great Dane Sales Engineering Coordinator; Scott Anderson, Great Dane Sales Representative; Doc Hyder, Rowland Transportation President; Doug Kenney, Great Dane Branch Manager; and Kevin Black, Great Dane Plant Manager.

Great Dane Realigns Sales and Branch System

Great Dane recently restructured its sales and branch system to better serve the growing needs of the aftermarket. As part of the new structure, Jon Jeffries joined the company as Vice President and General Sales Manager. In this newly created role, Jeffries will lead all dealer and branch sales, national accounts, pre-owned trailer sales and sales administration activity. He will report directly to Dean Engelage, Executive Vice President of Sales and Strategy.


As part of the realignment, Great Dane promoted Dave Durand to Vice President, Aftermarket. In his new position, Durand will continue to oversee the Great Dane Aftermarket Parts Division and will assume responsibility for Great Dane's aftermarket operations, distributor development and aftermarket fleet services.