Savannah, GA: Great Dane Trailers will reopen its Jonesboro, AR, plant due to a boost in dry freight van demand. About 70 recalled employees will begin work in late September, and the first trailers, SSL dry freight vans featuring Great Dane’s distinct single sided laminate interior lining, started rolling off the line last week.
Opened by Great Dane in September 2002, the Jonesboro facility has a history of reaching production goals and achieving high levels of safety performance. Initially, 20 trailers will be built per week, leading up a rate of 32 units weekly, but production is expected to ramp up over time.
Bringing the Jonesboro plant back online, after being idle since Oct. 22, 2009, is a continued improvement in business and growth in orders for dry freight vans. According to industry reports, dry freight van net orders have experienced healthy increases after a period of historic decline.