Great Dane Honors Partnerships at Second Annual Supplier Summit

(Savannah, Georgia – November 14, 2016) – Great Dane’s suppliers are a key to the company’s success and its continual innovation. To honor those suppliers, Great Dane recently hosted its second annual Supplier Summit in Savannah, Georgia, and presented several supplier partners with awards for excellence.

“The strong performance of suppliers helps Great Dane maintain its position as a leader in the transportation industry,” said Bob Brege, vice president of Procurement. “The Supplier Summit is a way for us to honor our suppliers and recognize the outstanding work they do for us all year. They truly are partners in our effort to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of goods.”

During an awards dinner at Savannah’s Charles H. Morris Center, Great Dane recognized its top supplier partners in the categories of safety, quality, cost savings, large and small suppliers of the year and excellence in innovation.

The 2016 award winners include: Valspar Corporation in the safety category, Mid Plains Industries in the quality category and Hendrickson in the cost savings category. Hoosier Tank and Manufacturingreceived the award for small supplier of the year, and MidWest Materials received the award for large supplier of the year.

The award for excellence in innovation was added this year to recognize the supplier who designed the most innovative, short-term business solution during Great Dane’s 2015 Innovation Challenge. In order to win, the supplier’s idea had to have been implemented and beneficial to Great Dane within the past year. The winner of this award was New Process Steel, whose innovative idea helped Great Dane optimize its steel purchases and significantly reduce costs in just a matter of months.

“We will continue to bring challenges to our suppliers in the hopes of finding creative solutions that bring value in new and interesting ways,” said Rick Mullininx, executive vice president, Engineering.


Photos from the awards ceremony are available on the Multimedia page.

About Great Dane

Great Dane is the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and used trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at