(Savannah, GA – April 27, 2021) – Great Dane announced today that its Jonesboro, AR, and Huntsville, TN, manufacturing facilities have won awards in the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association’s (TTMA) 2020 Plant Safety Contest.
Great Dane Jonesboro is the winning trailer manufacturing plant in the large plant category, while Great Dane Huntsville won in the small plant category.
“At Great Dane, safety is not only one of our core values, it is a top priority in everything we do,” said Brian Sage, Great Dane’s Executive Vice President of Manufacturing. “These TTMA awards recognize the commitment of the entire team at both Jonesboro and Huntsville in not only developing but deepening the culture of safety. This takes a full team effort from the design of the product and processes, to the training of our teams guided by leaders with a passion about the success of their people and in keeping them safe each day.”
Great Dane Jonesboro employs more than 400 people and went more than 275 days without a recordable injury in 2019-20. Great Dane Huntsville employs more than 125 people and went more than 402 days without a recordable injury or lost time incident in 2019-20. The Jonesboro plant manufactures Great Dane’s Champion dry freight van, while the Huntsville plant manufactures Great Dane’s Freedom flatbed series. This is the fourth TTMA Plant Safety Award for Great Dane Jonesboro and the third award for Great Dane Huntsville.
Like all of Great Dane’s facilities, these plants have implemented many programs in an effort to keep safety as the top priority, including strong Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) programs and Great Dane’s newest safety initiative, the “Think Safety First” program. This program focuses on safe working behaviors for individuals by teaching employees about the negative impacts an injury can have not only on the individual, but also on his or her family members and friends.
The TTMA recognizes the importance of safety and desires to acknowledge organizations that are achieving excellence in this area. Since the competition began in 1971, Great Dane has received a total of 43 awards in various categories.
The Plant Safety Contest is a competition among all trailer manufacturers who are members of the TTMA. Plants are scored on the number of recordable injury rates, lost workday cases, and Days Away, Days Restricted or Days Transferred (DART) due to injuries per 100 employees. The award determinations are based on direct comparison of injury data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Annual Summary Form 300A.
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 11 manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, and full-line independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and pre-owned trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at GreatDane.com.