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Great Dane buys Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies


Thursday, February 4, 2010
For Great Dane, the purchase is a strategic addition to the semi-trailer manufacturer’s sales platform. By expanding its product offerings in refrigerated transportation equipment, Great Dane reinforces its commitment as a market leader to fully serve the food service industry, the trailer maker said.
For Great Dane, the purchase is a strategic addition to the semi-trailer manufacturer’s sales platform. By expanding its product offerings in refrigerated transportation equipment, Great Dane reinforces its commitment as a market leader to fully serve the food service industry, the trailer maker said.

CHICAGO, SAVANNAH, Ga. and RICE LAKE, Wis. — Great Dane Trailers today has acquired Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, a manufacturer of insulated fiberglass refrigerated truck bodies and all-electric refrigeration solutions, the companies said Wednesday. The acquisition is designed to be a “synergistic move” for both companies. Terms were not disclosed.

For Great Dane, the purchase is a strategic addition to the semi-trailer manufacturer’s sales platform. By expanding its product offerings in refrigerated transportation equipment, Great Dane reinforces its commitment as a market leader to fully serve the food service industry, the trailer maker said.

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

Together, the two companies are complementary in their dedication to develop quality products custom designed to fit customers’ needs, as well as the drive to pursue innovative methods and solutions for the trucking industry’s ever-changing challenges, according to the acquisition announcement.

“Great Dane is pleased to join Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies in serving the complex needs of refrigerated customers,” said company president and COO Phill Pines. “Both our companies and our customers will benefit from this partnership.”

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies President Ron Ricci echoed the benefits of the deal.

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

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies makes custom fiberglass, specialized refrigerated truck bodies and trailers that range from 8 to 36-ft. in length.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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