Great Dane gets to work on new reefer plant (October 15, 2010)

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STATESBORO, Ga. — Great Dane held a groundbreaking ceremony this week at the site of its new Statesboro, Ga. refrigerated trailer plant.

More than 200 people attended the ceremony, including local business representatives and state and local political leaders. The Statesboro location was selected because of its close proximity to Savannah, where Great Dane was founded in 1900.

“Just as important in our selection of this site was the opportunity to continue Great Dane’s legacy by keeping it close to the company’s deep roots in Savannah,” said Bill Crown, president and CEO of CC Industries and CEO of Great Dane. “Today we honour the heritage of excellence for which Great Dane’s trailers have become known, while breaking ground on a bright and innovative future for ourselves and the city of Statesboro.”

The refrigerated trailer plant will be 450,000 sq.-ft., including office and showroom space. It will have the capacity to produce more than 5,000 trailers per year and will employ more than 400 people.

“Our reputation rests firmly on the products we make,” said Phill Pines, president and COO of Great Dane Trailers. “The refrigerated trailers that will be built here will be complex and detailed, and we are confident that the importance of this will not be lost on the workforce here.”

Great Dane officials said the new reefer plant will be the most modern and efficient in the world. Construction is set to begin later this year and full production will begin in 2012.

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