Great Dane Gives Back

From food drives to blood drives. From 5Ks to community clean-ups. Great Dane employees aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and donate their time, talents and resources to helping improve our communities. We take pride in supporting and improving the many communities we call home.

Signing Day at Statesboro

Signing Day at Statesboro 2018

Great Dane recently hosted a signing ceremony to welcome five new hires at the Statesboro manufacturing facility. The graduating seniors are all from Statesboro-area high schools and received job offers from Great Dane after attending the Charge Ahead Hiring Expo hosted by Ogeechee Technical College

Josh Frey, plant manager of the Great Dane Statesboro plant stated, “One of our core values at Great Dane is that quality products start with quality people. We are always looking for new ideas and new talent, and are proud to partner with Ogeechee Technical College to support local graduating seniors with their career development.”

Future Farmers of America Visit Great Dane

Great Dane Hosts Future Farmers of America

On Friday, April 20th, 2018, Statesboro hosted Metter Georgia’s FFA Tour where 30 Future Farmers of America participants came out for a visit and learned about how important Great Dane products and dependability are to getting grocery products to customers.  

The tour visited several agribusiness stops and the students enjoyed touring both the facility as well as this beautiful Sysco trailer.  Several students were so impressed that they expressed interested in future employment with our company. 

Great Dane Savannah Supports Sisters on a Journey

Savannah Support Sisters on a Journey

Being in the transportation industry means Great Dane is always aiming to help those on a journey, so it’s only fitting Great Dane was a Diamond Supporter of the Sisters on a Journey event held February 24 in Savannah, Georgia. Great Dane employee Daniel Neal and his wife Melissa, and Grove Point’s Tim and Heather Filgate attended the dinner, which featured creative themed tables, silent and live auctions, a raffle, speakers and entertainment.

The event typically raises around $100,000 for Catie’s Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer supporting pediatric cancer research. “We’re so appreciative of Great Dane’s continued support on so many things,” said Mandy Garola, patient family services/community engagement manager at CURE Childhood Cancer. “Their continued involvement since 2014 is one reason the Sisters on a Journey events have been so successful.”

Statesboro pledges $1,000 to Restoring the Breach

Statesboro Plant Supports Restoring the Breach

To honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision of equality, the Statesboro plant recently made a pledge of $1,000 to the local charity, Restoring the Breach. Statesboro’s newly-founded Community Involvement Committee met with a team from the charity. In addition to the monetary donation, Statesboro will be partnering with them in many community events, including youth tutoring, employment/career fairs, a youth summer camp and more. This is another great example of Great Dane’s values in action! 

Rice Lake Fills a Car with Toys for Operation Santa

Rice Lake employees recently donated more than 250 toys – enough to fill a car – during the Operation Santa toy drive held last November and December. “The leaders of Operation Santa were impressed with our efforts and wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every person who made a donation,” said the GDTB Social Committee. “We were able to make Christmas a little brighter for some deserving families in Barron County, Wisconsin.

Huntsville Employees Promote Prom Safety

Great Dane Safety

In an effort to educate prom goers about the dangers of drunk driving and driving while distracted, several Huntsville employees, who are also local volunteer firefighters, participated at local high schools in a First Responders Prom Safety Awareness Event. This is the first year for the event, which was presented by the county fire departments and local leaders. "This is a very worthwhile cause, so we made sure participating employees were able to take time from their busy work schedules to participate," said Randy Greene, HR manager. "It's just another way Huntsville is giving back to the community."

Kewanee Raises Nearly $2,500 for Relay for Life Git Fit Challenge

Great Dane Bake Sale

The Kewanee plant has been busy baking, eating tacos, and, yes, getting fit - all as part of fundraising efforts for the Relay for Life. In March, a Relay for Life Bake Sale brought in $735; in April, 280 employees ate "walking tacos," raising $1,400; and a 10-week "Get Fit Challenge," which rewarded the three females and three males who lost the most weight, netted $350 for the cancer charity. Kewanee employees obviously put their passion into action when it comes to raising money for a good cause. 

GDTB Donates 1,050lbs of Food

Great Dane Food Drive

Great Dane Truck Bodies once again showed their appetite for generosity by gathering 1,050 pounds of food to give to the St. Vincent DePaul's Food Pantry of Barron County, Wisconsin, during GDTB's 2nd Annual Food Drive Contest held May 8 to May 18. After a recent tornado left many local people in need, GDTB's bigheartedness couldn't have come at a better time.

When our communities are strong, we are all stronger. Great Dane and our employees are active in our communities because we want to help others succeed. We support many community events by providing volunteers or resources. 

Does your organization have a community event you would like us to support? Fill out our Sponsor Request Form for your application to be considered for the 2019 fiscal year.