Blow Pipe Company in Savannah, Georgia. The
company fabricated sheet metal systems used to move
sawdust and woodchips in saw-mills, furniture and
By 1916 the company was manufacturing a
variety of steel plate and structural steel products.
design and manufacture truck trailers for over-the-
road freight hauling. The first Great Dane trailers
built were flatbed trailers 16- to 20-feet long.
In the early 1940s, the company pioneered the
refrigerated trailer field, building the first produce
van with a wet ice bunker and a motor and blower
cooling system, which was soon followed by the first
factory-finished refrigerated van.
The company produced about 12,000 trailers on
government contracts during WWII and was
awarded the Army-Navy "E" for excellence five times.
name to Great Dane Trailers, Inc. The following
year, Great Dane introduced a redesigned line of
van trailers and perfected a new tank trailer line.
It was then decided to phase out all structural steel
products and further expand trailer production.
In the early 1960s, Great Dane entered the piggyback
and container market and established sales outlets
in 24 states across the eastern half of the country.
purchased Arrow Trailers in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1974, following a period of unprecedented growth
in production, a decision was made to build another
manufacturing facility for van trailers. The plant
was built in Brazil, Indiana, due to its centralized
location to serve the western and midwestern
In 1988, Great Dane acquired the SuperSeal reefer
product line and the Wayne, Nebraska, plant from
Timpte. The addition of SuperSeal reefers created
the broadest line of reefers in the industry.
Haute, Indiana, along with an adjacent parts
Great Dane merged with Pines Trailers in 1997,
creating one of the world's largest trailer companies. Both
Great Dane and Pines began as family,
In 1999, Great Dane took on the monumental task
of updating its branch locations with the expansion
of the Little Rock, Arkansas, sales office to a full-
The early 2000s was a period of expansion for Great
Dane. The company made several major acquisitions,
purchasing multiple manufacturing facilities to
support its growth. Great Dane also demonstrated
huge strides in engineering and technology with new
product additions, including the SSL dry freight van.
Due to economic strains and the need for more
efficient production, the company closed its original
plant in Savannah, Georgia in 2009, and built a new
state-of-the-art facility in nearby Statesboro, Georgia.
complete product line that redefined the structure of
its product offerings. The company also announced
the acquisition of Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies.
In 2011, the company's name changed from "Great
Dane Trailers" to "Great Dane" to reflect the growth
of the company's offering beyond simply trailers.
With the improvement of innovation, two new truck
bodies were introduced: The Alpine and the Sahara.
The company also opened a new dry van plant
in Pennsylvania and a new Savannah office,
featuring a state-of-the-art R&D center.
Great Dane Gives Back
From food drives to blood drives. From 5Ks to community clean-ups. Great Dane employees aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and donate their time, talents and resources to help improve our communities. We take pride in supporting and improving the many communities we call home.