In a move to expand its product lineup and add to its customer base, Great Dane Trailers has acquired Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, which manufactures insulated fiberglass refrigerated truck bodies and all-electric refrigeration systems.
“Both our companies and our customers will benefit from this partnership,” said Phil Pines, Great Dane president & COO, noting that Johnson offers a “strategic addition” to the trailer manufacturer's sales platform as it expands Great Dane’s product offerings in the reefer market.
For Johnson – founded in 1932 by the Johnson Family and based in Rice Lake, WI – 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, noted Ron Ricci, the company’s president.
“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.”