Great Dane’s Wayne NE manufacturing facility recently celebrated the production of its 125,000th refrigerated trailer.
The commemorative celebration at the plant included Cale Geise, Wayne’s mayor; Steve Schuster, president of Schuster; and Jim Hawk III, president of Jim Hawk Truck Trailers. Great Dane President Dean Engelage also attended the event, along with representatives from the Wayne facility and Great Dane’s corporate offices in Chicago IL and Savannah GA.
The 125,000th trailer to come off the line at the Wayne plant was an Everest Single-Temp reefer designed exclusively for Schuster Company of Le Mars IA, a customer of Great Dane’s since 1988.
“We’re extremely proud to reach this historic milestone here in Wayne,” said Lee Byers, plant manager. “It’s a clear testament to the high quality of the product we produce and to the spirit of the hundreds of hard-working craftsmen who build these best-in-class trailers for our valued customers.”
The Wayne manufacturing facility produces Great Dane’s premier Everest Single-Temp refrigerated trailers, which primarily are used for long-haul truckload operations. The 257,000-square-foot, 83-acre facility began operations in 1986 with two production lines and has since undergone five building additions.
The Wayne plant now employs nearly 700 people and builds 5,000 trailers per year for some of the nation’s largest fleets, including Schuster, Walmart, IWX, JFI, Marten Transport, Decker, Freymiller, Van Wyk, Interide, California Overland, Associated Wholesale Grocers and Sargento.