Two Savannah Legends, Great Dane and Leopold’s Ice Cream, Celebrate Historic Partnership

As the mercury rises for summer, Leopold’s Ice Cream will be keeping their beloved frozen treats cold thanks to a new refrigerated truck body from Great Dane.

The two legendary Savannah companies joined together to celebrate a historic partnership as they welcomed community members to enjoy Leopold’s world-famous ice cream at Great Dane’s corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia.

The event also marked Great Dane’s 122nd birthday, which the company celebrated in May. Together, the two companies have served the community for a combined 225 years.

Leaders from both companies gathered to unveil the new specialized Great Dane Johnson reach-in refrigerated truck body, which will provide Leopold’s Ice Cream with more refrigerated capacity for deliveries.

“We’re excited to add this new high-quality delivery truck to our fleet so we can share our world-class ice cream with more people at more locations,” shared Stratton Leopold, owner, and second-generation member of the Leopold family to run the business.

“Thanks to our newest ice cream truck body from Great Dane, we can keep our treats frosty as we make deliveries across the low country,” he added.

The specialized Great Dane Johnson refrigerated truck body is outfitted with a new decal wrap and customized refrigeration specifications tailored to meet Leopold Ice Cream’s unique needs. The truck body was built at Great Dane’s Johnson Truck Body plant in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

It features an all-electric cold plate refrigeration system which keeps temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit, and enables Leopold’s to serve their customers in an environmentally-responsible way, while reducing costs.

The new truck body also features six custom doors and compartments allowing for easily-organized inventory access, with curbside reach-in doors, keeping drivers on the ground and not needing to enter the truck body multiple times per day.

“This is the top of the line in truck bodies, built to deliver thermal integrity and keep frozen goods at maximum cold temperatures to ensure freshness for each and every delivery,” shared Chris Hammond, EVP of Sales for Great Dane.

Great Dane was originally founded as the Savannah Blowpipe Co. in 1900. Just 19 years later, Leopold’s Ice Cream first opened its doors in 1919 at its original location at Habersham and Abercorn Streets in Savannah, Georgia.

The special  event bridged a shared history between these two legendary companies, where generations of Savannahians have worked and provided for their families.

“It’s an honor to work with a group that has been such an important part of this community for so many years,” Hammond added. “Everyone knows and loves Leopold’s Ice Cream, and Great Dane is proud to help them get the job done.”

Discover more about Great Dane’s Johnson refrigerated truck bodies at

Johnson Truck Body Specifications:

  • All-Electric Cold Plate Refrigeration to serve customers in an environmentally-responsible way, reducing costs and adding reliability.
  • Seamless fiberglass body provides excellent thermal efficiency.
  • All fiberglass construction allows customer to extend the life of service by easily being transferred to a new truck chassis for several life cycles.
  • Curbside reach-in doors keep drivers on the ground without having to enter the truck body multiple times per day.
  • Six doors and compartments allow for easily organized inventory access
  • Eliminates need for diesel fuel to power the refrigeration unit, an important operational cost savings with diesel fuel now approaching $6 per gallon.
  • Refrigeration system operates almost silently while running at night, ensuring Leopold’s warehouse operation remains a good neighbor. Maintains temperatures as low as -20 degrees.

Great Dane’s EVP of Sales, Chris Hammond, recognizes Stratton Leopold (right) of Leopold’s Ice Cream during the celebration.