WAYNE – Great Dane Trailers in Wayne held a ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the production of their 125,000th refrigerated trailer. Company officials say the Everest Single-Temp reefer trailer was designed for LeMars, Iowa-based Schuster Company.
Nebraska officials say Great Dane’s success is evidence of a nationwide industrial power being able to find a stronghold in an ag-first state.
“We’re an economic powerhouse when it comes to agriculture,” said Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley. “But people sometimes lose sight of the fact that 100,000 Nebraskans went to work this morning in the industrial/manufacturing sector.”
City officials say the Great Dane name is a point of pride for them.
“Whenever I’m driving down the road and I see a Great Dane trailer I think ‘Yeah! Wayne power!'” said Wayne Mayor Cale Giese. “But it’s multiplied by the distance that I am from Wayne. If you go on a ski trip out in Colorado and you see a Great Dane trailer you say ‘Hey! Guys, that was made in Wayne!'”
“The trailer behind me represents the pride, the craftsmanship and the power of every member of our Wayne team,” added plant manager Lee Byers.
Wednesday’s event was also attended by many of Great Dane’s 700 employees…along with company president Dean Engelage and the presidents of Schuster and Jim Hawk Truck and Trailers.
The Wayne facility began production of trailers in 1986, and in their 30-plus years now have built enough trailers to stretch end to end from northeast Nebraska to Pennsylvania.