Dakota Bodies, Inc. (Watertown, SD) has won The Work Truck Show 2011 Editors’ Choice Award for its new component body. Impressed by the component body’s flexibility and versatility, a panel of trade media editors and fleet managers attending the event named it the most innovative product introduced at the Show, which was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, March 8-10.
The Editors’ Choice Award goes to a product introduced through the Work Truck Show New Product Spotlight and New Product Media Guide programs.
Judges selected the component body from a field of 90 entries. The component body is sold as a service body kit that upfitters can assemble in 16 different configurations to meet a customer’s specific needs. Components are huck-bolted together, making them easily interchangeable. The component body is available in galvanneal, aluminum or stainless steel, with a pre-assembled powder-coated finish.
It has advantages for both upfitters and end-users. Because a single kit can be configured into 16 different bodies, upfitters drastically reduce their inventory costs and are able to provide a customized body to end-users within a very short time. The Editors’ Choice Award judging panel was also impressed by the service and maintenance benefits. If a component gets damaged, it can be replaced, without the need to buy a whole new body.
“We are delighted to win the Editors’ Choice Award,” says Dan Dahl, sales manager for Dakota Bodies. “It’s very difficult as a body manufacturer to come up with a new product that will really grab the attention and satisfy the needs of a lot of people in this industry.”
For more information about Dakota Bodies, visit www.dakotabodies.com.