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Terre Haute, Indiana

Terre Haute
Terre Haute, meaning "higher ground", is named for its location 50 feet above the high water mark of the Wabash River. Rolling prairies, farms, and the best attributes of Americana intersect with the small town charm that is uniquely Terre Haute's. With a total population of 106,000, the city is equidistant from larger municipalities of St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville, which reflects its sophistication in many ways.

In a recent Reader's Digest poll of parents across the nation, Terre Haute ranked 45th out of 301 cities named as the best communities for raising a family. Given the excellent schools, superior public parks system, and abundant cultural resources in the community, it is not surprising that locals hold Terre Haute in high esteem.

Education & Culture
Few cities can claim the wealth and diversity of educational institutions located in Terre Haute. Among them, Indiana State University stands out offering students the opportunity to study in 175 different programs on its 90-acre campus located in the heart of downtown. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been ranked the best engineering and science college in the country. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, a women's liberal arts college, is located just west of the city and is one of the oldest private all-female Catholic colleges in the United States. Ivy Tech State College is one of the fastest growing public institutions in the Wabash Valley, with over 60 career study programs. Also located in Terre Haute is Indiana Business College, a private career school with ten locations across the state.

Theater, music, fine arts, and museums are all available in Terre Haute. The popular Community Theater has delighted audiences with plays, musicals, and films for seven decades. Indiana State University also offers professional theater in the summer, as well as award-winning productions throughout the year.

The Symphony Orchestra brings an annual season of concerts to the city along with nationally renowned guest soloists. The Choral Society for community vocalists offers a variety of excellent performances.

Terre Haute's museums offer visitors a taste of everything from fine arts to technology. The Sheldon Swope Art Museum features 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures, while the University Art Gallery displays modern and contemporary art. The Native American Museum explores the culture of the valley's original inhabitants, and the Vigo County Historical Museum - housed in an 1868 home in the Farrington Grove Historic District - displays the history of the areas first settlers.

Terre Haute offers a variety of recreational pursuits for residents and visitors to enjoy. The city's park system includes 23 parks - three with swimming pools - and one with an 18-hole golf course. Dobbs Park's Nature Center, a 105-acre wonderland, offers families a chance to observe wildlife, explore the outdoors, and relax in a natural setting.

The beautiful scenery surrounding Terre Haute and the Wabash River offers outstanding fishing. The nearby lakes and streams also afford the chance to take advantage of unhurried relaxation.

Great Dane Trailers in Terre Haute
With all the conveniences of a big city, Terre Haute remains a comfortable small town in which residents enjoy top-quality lifestyle. Great Dane has operated in Terre Haute since February 1995. With nearly 500 employees and 340,000 square feet of office and production space, the ISO certified plant proudly strives for excellence, not only in building superior trailers but also in safety. In 2001, the Terre Haute facility was the recipient of the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Association's (TTMA) Most Improved Safety Record Award. In 2006, the plant began producing Great Dane’s The Composite dry freight van. Production has remained steady with industry interest in the composite product.

Great Dane's Terre Haute plant is a proud corporate contributor to the United Way of Wabash Valley.

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