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After nearly four years, Great Dane continued on its endeavor to update its branch locations. The brand new Charlotte, North Carolina branch opened its doors in July 2003 and subsequently became the model for future branch facilities. The addition of a high-tech paint booth, more service bays, and expanded parts warehouses and yard space enable the new branches to become one-stop-shops for new and used trailer sales, parts and service.

The Lancaster/Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania and Dallas branches followed over the next year with further grand openings planned for the future.

TRAILER TECHNOLOGY BOOM:
Between 2004 and 2005, Great Dane experienced another explosion in trailer engineering and technology, with the announcements of five new products. Three new trailers were added to an already-extensive lineup, and advancements in liner technology brought two more product introductions. The combo aluminum and steel FREEDOM line of flatbeds was engineered to be the very best on the road. Its popular spec makes it a superior choice for owner-operators and long haul outfits. The Super LT refrigerated trailer, designed for the eastern U.S. and Canadian truckload market, combined the best features and options of the popular SuperSeal and Classic Reefer for long hauls. Great Dane unveiled the versatile i-Van, a semi-insulated freight van for temperature sensitive loads like candy and chemicals. The introduction of the i-van represented huge investments in design and in Great Dane's Brazil, Indiana manufacturing facilities where this trailer is produced. The company announced a $5 million re-tooling of the plant in early 2005, attributed in part to the addition of special foam presses and a modular assembly needed to build the i-Van.

But the trailers themselves weren't Great Dane's sole focus in this time period. Always striving for ways to push the industry forward, Great Dane followed its 2003 introduction of PunctureGuard scuffband material with the development of PunctureGuard liner for reefers and vans. PunctureGuard is a highly durable thermoplastic innovation, which creates a "damage barrier" against splintering, snagging, and everyday abuse imposed by loading and unloading with forklifts.

With the same pioneering spirit that led Great Dane to develop the very first refrigerated trailer in the 1940's, the manufacturer followed the introduction of PunctureGuard with ThermoGuard-a revolutionary new liner especially for refrigerated trailers. Like its sister product, ThermoGuard is a glass-reinforced thermoplastic, but its added composite layer completely seals the reefer's insulation-a claim no other lining material can make. This unique seal significantly reduces the traditional loss of insulation performance and extends the useful life of the trailer. Exclusive to Great Dane, extensive testing of ThermoGuard has shown to reduce operational costs through decreased cooling unit run-time, lower fuel consumption, reduce maintenance, and extend the life of the cooling unit.

ACQUISITION OF TENNESSEE PRODUCTION FACILITY:
In the fall of 2004, Great Dane Limited Partnership announced the acquisition of a production facility located in Huntsville, Tennessee previously owned by Wabash National Corporation. Significant investments were made in the plant, which assumed production of the FREEDOM line as well as other platform trailers from the Memphis, Tennessee plant. By the time of the start-up in the third quarter of 2005, two full production lines had been added to the existing one, with two finishing lines also in use.

END OF AN ERA:
The end of 2005 brought a significant change to the Great Dane front offices in Savannah. Former president of the Multi-Product Division Kit Hammond officially retired from his day-to-day responsibilities at the company after more than 40 years. Highly respected throughout the industry and internally from the plant floor to the corporate office, Kit Hammond's presence and service at Great Dane carried on a family legacy that began in the 1930's with his father, Chris Hammond, Jr. Hammond remains on the company's Board of Directors and will continue to consult on occasion for Great Dane.


STATE-OF-THE-ART BRANCH LOCATIONS
Charlotte, North Carolina Branch
Charlotte, NC
Lancaster/Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania Branch
Lancaster/Mt. Joy, PA
Dallas, Texas Branch
Dallas, TX

Announcements of five new products
BETWEEN 2004 AND 2005, Great Dane experienced another explosion in trailer engineering and technology, with the announcements of five new products.


Huntsville, TN Branch IN THE FALL OF 2004, Great Dane Limited Partnership announced the acquisition of a production facility located in Huntsville, Tennessee previously owned by Wabash National Corporation.

THE END OF 2005 brought a significant change to the Great Dane front offices in Savannah. Former president of the Multi-Product Division Kit Hammond officially retired from his day-to-day responsibilities at the company after more than 40 years. Kit Hammond


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