Wabash National Corp. has announced that it will introduce its first line of high-performance dry and refrigerated truck bodies. The truck bodies are designed to reduce fleets’ maintenance costs, enhance productivity and maximize the life of equipment.
“We’re very conscious of a shift happening in the trucking industry fueled by re-urbanization and e-commerce trends. Our mission is to help our customers be successful, and with our truck body line we can support them as they work to meet final-mile delivery needs,” said Brent Yeagy, Wabash’s group president of commercial trailer products.
The company’s dry truck bodies (pictured above) are constructed with Wabash National’s DuraPlate composite panels. The truck bodies also incorporate semi-trailer grade components and designs for added performance and longevity.
“Responding to specific requests from select customers in recent years, we developed a dry truck body design utilizing our industry-leading DuraPlate trailer technology,” Yeagy explained. “Earlier this year we opened a dedicated facility in Lafayette, In., for the production of truck bodies and other final mile equipment. Although we’re in a limited production phase currently, we will continue to ramp up production for both dry and refrigerated truck bodies over the next 18 months.”
“As the transportation industry is faced with increasing regulations and rapidly changing shipper needs, we’re focused on supporting customers with breakthrough designs that reduce weight, improve thermal and fuel efficiencies, reduce material costs, enhance corrosion resistance and improve safety,” he added. “These product offerings are another step toward that goal.”