Great Dane Honors Partnerships at Third Annual Supplier Summit

(Savannah, Georgia – November 10, 2017) – Great Dane is committed to building and maintaining world-class collaborative partnerships with its suppliers. In honor of these partnerships, Great Dane hosted its third annual Supplier Summit on October 2, 2017, in Savannah, Georgia, and presented several supplier partners with awards for excellence.

“One of our goals has always been to make Great Dane a company that suppliers want to do business with,” said Dean Engelage, president of Great Dane. “In order to be the best, we have to work with the best, and we believe we have the greatest partners in the business. The Supplier Summit is a way for us to honor our suppliers and recognize the outstanding work they do for us all year long.”

An awards reception was held at Great Dane’s new Savannah office where guests were invited to tour the facility’s customer experience center and Innovation Hall, an interactive exhibit space that features Great Dane’s products and highlights the company’s history as a leader in the transportation industry. During the reception, Great Dane recognized its top supplier partners, giving awards for quality, safety, large and small suppliers of the year, and flatbed and reefer trailer suppliers of the year.

The 2017 award winners include Accuride Corporation in the quality category and Sherwin Williams in the safety category. This is the third year in a row that Sherwin Williams has received this award. The large supplier of the year award was given to Accuride Corporation and the small supplier of the year award went to Manus Products, Inc.

Two new categories were introduced this year as well. The flatbed trailer supplier of the year award was given to CMC Impact Metals and the reefer trailer supplier of the year award went to Earthwise Plastics, Inc.

“Our customers have important goals and they depend on our products to help them meet those goals safely and efficiently. We, in turn, depend on our suppliers to help us help our customers,” Engelage said. “In many ways, the strong performance of suppliers helps Great Dane maintain its position as an industry leader. We thank all of our supplier partners for their continued support and ongoing commitment to excellence.”


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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