Great Dane acquires Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies

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Great Dane Trailers on Wednesday, Feb. 3, announced that it has acquired Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, a manufacturer of insulated fiberglass refrigerated truck bodies and all-electric refrigeration solutions, and a developer of truck refrigeration technology. The companies say the acquisition, terms of which were not announced, promises to be a synergistic move for both.

For Great Dane, the purchase of Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, founded in 1932 by the Johnson Family and based in Rice Lake, Wis., is a strategic addition to the semi-trailer manufacturer’s sales platform. By expanding its product offerings in refrigerated transportation equipment, Great Dane says it reinforces its commitment as a market leader to fully serve the food service industry.

“Great Dane is pleased to join Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies in serving the complex needs of refrigerated customers,” says Phill Pines, president and chief operating officer of Great Dane, based in Savannah, Ga. “Both our companies and our customers will benefit from this partnership.”

Johnson says the significant overlap with Great Dane’s customer base both will support and expand its business. In addition, the truck body manufacturer will have access to Great Dane’s network of distribution, parts and service centers.

“This is an exciting milestone for our company, and we look forward to scaling our growth as part of Great Dane,” says Ron Ricci, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies president. “Great Dane’s global reach, scale, widely recognized brand and worldwide dealer and customer relationships make this the ideal partnership.”