SAVANNAH, GA (May 30, 2023) – Great Dane is pleased to announce that its Statesboro, GA, and Elysburg, PA, manufacturing facilities have won the 2022 Plant Safety Award from the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA). This is the fifth consecutive year a Great Dane manufacturing plant has won a TTMA safety award.
Great Dane Statesboro is the winning trailer manufacturing plant for the second year in Category A, over 750,000-man hours; Great Dane Elysburg also won for the second year in Category B, 350,000-750,000-man hours.
Great Dane Statesboro employs nearly 500 people and went 350 days without a recordable injury in 2022. Great Dane Elysburg employs more than 400 people and went 130 days without a recordable injury in 2022. The Statesboro location manufactures Great Dane’s Everest refrigerated trailers, while the Elysburg location manufactures Great Dane’s Champion dry freight van series.
“Safety is one of our core pillars and a top priority at Great Dane because we care about each other like family and want each person to go home uninjured,” said Rick Mullininx, President and COO of Great Dane. “I’m proud of the Statesboro and Elysburg teams for winning the TTMA plant safety award in their categories because it reflects their commitment to safety—and to each other.”
“I believe we can attribute our strong safety record to a culture of safe thinking, which is woven into the very fabric of Great Dane. We’ve implemented Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) programs and created Great Dane’s company-wide safety initiative, “Think Safety First,” which not only teaches safe working behaviors but also about the negative outcomes one injury can have on the team member and their loved ones,” said David Ritchie, Great Dane’s Senior Director of Environment, Health, and Safety.
Since the TTMA competition began in 1971, Great Dane has received nearly 47 awards in various categories.
Read more about how you can create a safety culture in the trailer industry.