With a population of 8,500, Brazil is located less than 50 miles west of Indiana's state capitol, Indianapolis. While Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis are all less than three hours away, Brazil is a community where families reside in a small, "take-it-easy" town but can still enjoy what these larger cities have to offer.
Preparing the town's youth for success is a task that unites the community of Brazil. The area boasts primary and secondary schools recognized as leaders in the state. Nearby colleges and universities include Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana State, Purdue, Indiana University, and IUPUI, all of which promote curricula as diverse as engineering, medicine, music, education, business management, and liberal arts.
Leisure and Recreation
Brazil offers public recreational opportunities including three city parks with amenities like softball fields, tennis courts, swimming, playgrounds, and picnic areas. For other outdoor activities like boating, camping, hunting, and fishing, eight state parks are within an hour's drive.
Even in a rural setting like Brazil, world-class recreation and entertainment are only miles away. Indianapolis, the capital of auto racing, hosts such legendary events as the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400, the United States Grand Prix, and the U.S. National Drag Racing Championships. The "Hoosier State" is also home to numerous nationally ranked men's and women's collegiate programs. Basketball, football, baseball, and equestrian teams have long been recognized as national contenders. However, the NFL, NBA, professional baseball and hockey can also be found just down the road.
Additionally, educational and cultural attractions within an hour's drive include the world-renowned Indianapolis Children's Museum, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the highly regarded Indianapolis Zoo and botanical garden located on the banks of White River State Park.
Great Dane Trailers in Brazil
Great Dane has called the Wabash Valley home for more than 30 years. The diversity of the people, the natural beauty, and the area entertainment all embody the necessary qualities for a great place to live, work, and play. Like the Savannah Plant, Brazil has a multiple line operation that includes refrigerated units, a dry freight line, and a large order, multi-purpose trailer line. Unique to Brazil, however, is the only composite panel (Thermacube) fabrication facility within the company.
In 2000, Brazil associates were responsible for producing 44% of the trailers built by Great Dane. That year, the facility pioneered the ISO certification quest, which culminated in certification. This achievement was rewarded with a six million dollar plant expansion.
Since 1975, the Brazil Plant is proud to have become one of the largest manufacturing employers in the region. On average, the facility employs around 1,000 associates and more than 25 percent of the current workforce has invested over 25 years of service with Great Dane.
This talented and highly experienced workforce allows Brazil to be the only plant that produces both dry freight and refrigerated trailers. Brazil has a multiple assembly line operation that includes a refrigerated trailer line, a dry freight main line, and a Specialty Line. Production models include the P-series dry freight van, Classic dry freight van, Classic refrigerated trailer, and the Super LT refrigerated trailer. Brazil is also certified by the ISO-9001-2000 international quality standard. In 2000, the facility pioneered the ISO certification quest within the company, which culminated in certification. This achievement was rewarded with a $6 million plant expansion.
Also unique to the Brazil operation, it features the only composite panel plant which produces the SSL liner, PunctureGuard Liner and ThermoGuard Liner for the entire company.