Great Dane’s manufacturing facility in Wayne, Nebraska recently celebrated the completion of its 100,000th trailer. The plant was the site of a ceremony on Thursday, October 3rd to commemorate the milestone. Attending were representatives of the Wayne plant; the town’s mayor, Ken Chamberlain; representatives from Great Dane’s corporate offices in Chicago and Savannah including Great Dane’s president, Dean Engelage; and Don Decker, President and CEO of Decker Truck Line.
The Wayne manufacturing facility builds Great Dane’s Everest SS refrigerated trailers, which are primarily used for long-haul truckload operations. The 257,000 square-foot manufacturing facility started up in 1986 with two production lines. Since that time there have been five additions to the plant. Today, Great Dane’s Wayne plant employs more than 550 people and builds more than 5,000 trailers annually for some of the nation’s largest fleets, including Wal-Mart, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Associated Grocers, JCT, Martin Transport, Dynamic, ERB, Van Wyk, D&A, K&J, Interide, Harris, Midland Complete Equipment, California Overland, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Sargento and Bruenger.
The 100,000th trailer to come off the line at the plant was an all-new Everest SS built especially for Decker Truck Line of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, a loyal customer of Great Dane’s since 1975.
“We’re extremely proud to reach this historic production milestone here in Wayne,” commented Terry Hanson, manager of the Wayne plant. “It’s a clear testament to the quality of product that we produce, and to the spirit of the hundreds of hard-working individuals who carefully craft these outstanding trailers for our customers on a daily basis. Their deep sense of pride and attention to detail is what makes our trailers the very best the market has to offer.”