Great Dane is a manufacturer of dry van trailers, refrigerated trailers (reefers), and flatbed trailers. In addition to trailers, the company also manufacturers a line of truck bodies.
Trailer Manufacturer Profile
- Company: Great Dane
- Parent Company:
- Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
- Founded Date: 1900
- Founders: J.P. Wheless, T.H. McMillan
- Traded as:
- Subsidiaries / Brands:
- Trailer Types:
- Other Products:
- Refrigerated Truck Bodies
- Dry Van Truck Bodies
- Website: greatdane.com
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Founded as the Savannah Blow Pipe Company in Savannah, Georgia. The company fabricated sheet metal systems used to move sawdust and woodchips in saw-mills, furniture, and woodwork plants.
The company is manufacturing a variety of steel plate and structural steel products.
The company name is changed to Steel Products Co.
Company begins to design and manufacture flatbed trailers for over-the-road freight hauling.
Company builds the first produce van with wet ice bunker and motor and blower cooling system. This was followed by the first factory-finished refrigerated van.
Company produces approx 12,000 trailers on government contracts during WWII.
Name changed to Great Dane Trailers, Inc.
Company introduces a redesigned line of van trailers and tank trailers.
Structural steel product production is phased out and focus becomes trailer production.
Company enters the piggyback and container market and establishes sales outlets in 24 states.
Company acquired a second plant when it purchased Arrow Trailers in Memphis, Tennessee.
Van trailer manufacturing plant built in Brazil, Indiana.
Company acquires the SuperSeal reefer product line and the Wayne, Nebraska, plant from Timpte.
Company opens a dry van plant in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Great Dane merges with Pines Trailers.
Company celebrates 100th anniversary.
Company closes original plant in Savannah, Georgia and builds a new state-of-the-art facility in nearby Statesboro, Georgia.
Company acquires Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies
Company names changes from Great Dane Trailers to Great Dane.
Company opens new plant in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, for dry van manufacturing.