Great Dane hosted its first Supplier Summit and Innovation Challenge from Sept. 28-30 at the Westin Harbor Resort in Savannah, GA.
More than 250 supplier and company representatives are expected to attend all or part of the three-day event, designed as a forum to celebrate past successes while setting the stage for continued innovation and advancement.
During a special awards dinner Monday night, Great Dane recognized the company’s top supplier partners who have exceled in the categories of cost savings, quality and safety, as well as a large and small supplier of the year. The 2015 award winners include Hendrickson Trailer in the cost savings category, New Process Steel in the quality category, and Valspar Corporation in the safety category. Hendrickson Trailer also received the Large Supplier of the Year Award and Hoosier Tank and Manufacturing received the Small Supplier of the Year Award.
According to Bob Brege, Great Dane’s Vice President of Procurement, one of Great Dane’s key corporate goals is to build and maintain a world-class collaborative partnership with its suppliers—a partnership which in turn helps Great Dane customers honor their own customer commitments through best-in-class products and aftermarket support.
“The Supplier Summit helps make this vision a reality,” Brege said.
Also being held this year in conjunction with the Supplier Summit was Great Dane’s first Innovation Challenge, an optional supplier and company event designed to bring together the most talented and creative resources to create cutting-edge solutions for Great Dane and its customers.