Wabash National Builds 500,000th DuraPlate(R) Van
Company Leads Industry With Production of Half a Million Duraplate
LAFAYETTE, IN -- (Marketwired) -- 12/10/13 -- Wabash National
Corporation (NYSE: WNC) today announced its Commercial Trailer
Products group has produced its 500,000th DuraPlate(R) van trailer.
The company's 500,000th DuraPlate trailer was built for Crete Carrier
Corporation, one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in
the United States.
"Wabash has always led the industry in innovation, going back to the
early plate trailer that revolutionized the design and construction
of traditional sheet and post trailers," said Tonn Ostergard, chief
executive officer and president of Crete Carrier Corporation. "The
DuraPlate van provides maximum cube space, which helps us serve our
customers, and the smooth interior walls reduce cargo damage. The
durability of the DuraPlate van provides us with a quality asset with
a low total cost of ownership and a solid residual value at time of
sale or trade."
In addition to the conventional DuraPlate van, Wabash National offers
a range of DuraPlate dry freight vans designed for superior
performance. The DuraPlate HD(R) van includes a high-strength
aluminum base plate in the lower sidewall. DuraPlate XD-35(R) is the
only dry van with a 35,000-pound floor rating, and DuraPlate(R) Pups
are specifically designed to reduce the total cost of ownership in
"Reaching this milestone of building half a million DuraPlate dry
vans is a significant accomplishment for our associates and our
customers," said Brent Yeagy, group president of Commercial Trailer
Products at Wabash National. "It is further evidence of how
customers, both large and small fleets alike, value the durability,
longevity and low total cost of ownership provided by our line of
American-made DuraPlate vans."
Nearly 20 of the top 50 truckload and less-than-truckload carriers in
the United States use Wabash National DuraPlate vans. Introduced in
1996, the innovative DuraPlate van was designed for a wide range of
freight hauls, providing maximum cube capacity, exceptional
durability, lightweight performance and resale values among the best
in the industry.
DuraPlate composite sidewall panels, produced by
are constructed of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) core bonded
between two high-strength steel skins to provide unmatched damage
resistance and maximum interior width. They are the only composite
plate sidewall panels manufactured in the United States.
Customers can learn more about the full line of DuraPlate dry vans at
www.wabash-trailers.com or 765-771-5300.
About Wabash Commercial Trailer Products
Wabash Commercial Trailer
Products is the leading producer of semi-trailers in North America.
Since 1985 the business has revolutionized the trailer industry,
building a legacy of innovation that has been recognized with more
than 70 patents. From a full line of dry vans to refrigerated vans,
intermodal equipment, and platform trailers, Wabash Commercial
Trailer Products sets new standards in design and performance. Learn
more at www.wabash-trailers.com.
About Wabash National Corporation
Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind.,
Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is a diversified industrial
manufacturer and North America's leading producer of semi trailers
and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company
specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans,
refrigerated vans, platform trailers, intermodal equipment, liquid
tank trailers, frac tanks, engineered products, and composite
products. Wabash National's operations are largely organized under
three wholly owned subsidiaries: Transcraft Corporation, Walker Group
Holdings LLC and Wabash National Trailer Centers, Inc. Its innovative
products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash
National(R), Transcraft(R), Benson(R), DuraPlate(R), ArcticLite(R),
Walker Transport, Walker Stainless Equipment, Walker Defense Group,
Walker Barrier Systems, Walker Engineered Products, Brenner(R) Tank,
Beall (R), Garsite, Progress Tank, TST(R), Bulk Tank International
and Extract Technology(R). Visit www.wabashnational.com to learn
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