Wabash named finalist for SSAB Swedish Steel Prize

LAFAYETTE, IN – American trailer manufacturer, Wabash National Corporation, has been recognized for its use of advanced high-strength steel in its RIG-16 rear impact guards after being named one of four international finalists for SSAB’s Swedish Steel Prize.

Released in February 2016, the RIG-16’s design and use of SSAB’s high strength steel provides better performance to protect passengers in rear impact collisions.

SSAB’s Swedish Steel Prize recognizes innovative products, methods and processes using high-strength steel that have changed the industry in one way or another.

“When innovative design meets groundbreaking material technology, we can really stretch the limits of product performance,” said Dick Giromini, chief executive officer of Wabash. “We’re honored to be recognized for our innovation and industry leadership with this award nomination for our patented RIG-16 rear impact guard.” 

If Wabash receives the award, it would be the fifth American company to do so in the SSAB’s Swedish Steel Prize’s 19-year history. Wabash would donate the $11,000 prize to the National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to reducing crashes on American highways by promoting safe-driving behavior. 

The award will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 11.  

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