Great Dane’s Jonesboro Manufacturing Facility Receives TTMA Plant Safety Award

NTDA member Great Dane announced that its manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas has won the 2018 Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association’s (TTMA) Plant Safety Contest for Category A. This category includes facilities that work more than 750,000 man-hours per year.

“Jonesboro’s leadership team made a commitment to develop a culture of safety within the plant,” said Brian Sage, Great Dane’s executive vice president of Manufacturing. “The entire Jonesboro team got behind this initiative and committed to making the necessary changes to create a safe work environment and build a strong culture of safety.”

The Jonesboro facility employs more than 450 people and amassed more than 1 million hours without a lost time incident in 2018. Along with Great Dane’s other manufacturing facilities, the Jonesboro plant has implemented a strong 5S program as well as a Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) program to help improve housekeeping within the facility and create a safer work environment. This is the third TTMA Plant Safety Award for the Jonesboro facility and the 39th total award for Great Dane since the contest began in 1971.

The Plant Safety Contest is a competition among all trailer manufacturers who are members of the TTMA. Plants are scored on the number of recordable injury rates, lost work day cases, and Days Away, Days Restricted or Days Transferred (DART) due to injuries per 100 employees. The award determinations are based on direct comparison of injury data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Annual Summary Form 300A.

Rick Mullininx, Great Dane’s executive vice president of Engineering is a former chairman of the board for TTMA, and Dave Ritchie, Great Dane’s Environmental Health and Safety director, is currently the chairman of the TTMA’s Safety Committee.

About Great Dane

Great Dane is a leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum and combo platform trailers. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with an additional corporate office in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and used trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Find out more at