2006 was a great year for Great Dane Trailers

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Great Dane says it topped all trailer manufacturers with the most trailer shipments in the industry for the fourth consecutive year. The company says an all-time record was set in 2006 with more than 60,000 trailers shipped from Great Dane’s nine factories. Phill Pines, chief operating officer at Savannah, Ga.-based Great Dane Trailers, made the announcement Friday, March 2.

“We just completed the most successful year in the history of the company,” Pines says. “Our strong production figures are a reflection of economic growth and increased demand over the last several years, which resulted in healthy sales increases at our branch and distributor level. As we look ahead, we are confident the industry will remain healthy as the freight environment stabilizes.”

Great Dane also reports monthly shipment records were set throughout 2006: More than 5,000 trailers were shipped in each of the months of March, April, June, August and September; and more than 6,400 trailers were delivered in the month of June alone.

Great Dane says last year it fulfilled nearly 33 percent of the market demand for refrigerated vans and more than 28 percent of the market demand for all dry freight vans. Of Great Dane’s dry freight sales in 2006, more than 20,000 trailers were SSL models, which accounts for nearly 15 percent of the industry’s total shipments in 2006, according to the company.