SAVANNAH, Ga. — Great Dane hosted more than 250 supplier and company representatives at its first ever Supplier Summit and Innovation Challenge in Savannah, Ga. this week.
The forum was developed to celebrate past successes while setting the stage for continued innovation and advancements in the trailer industry, Great Dane announced.
Several awards were handed out at the event.
Winners included: Hendrickson Trailer in the cost savings category; New Process Steel in the quality category; and Valspar Corp. in the safety category.
Hendrickson Trailer was also named Large Supplier of the Year while Hoosier Tank and Manufacturing won the Small Supplier of the Year award.
Bob Brege, Great Dane’s vice-president of procurement, said Great Dane is looking to build and maintain a world-class collaborative partnership with its suppliers.
“The Supplier Summit helps make this vision a reality,” he said.
The trailer maker also hosted an Innovation Challenge, an optional supplier and company event designed to bring together the most talented and creative resources in the industry to develop new solutions.
Presentations for the Innovation Challenge will take place this week.
“We’re truly excited about these new opportunities to collaborate with our key suppliers and by the strong participation and creativity displayed at this first Supplier Summit,” said Rick Mullininx, executive vice-president of engineering with Great Dane. “In many ways, Great Dane’s success depends on the strong performance of our suppliers, and we thank them for their continued support and commitment to excellence.”