Wabash National Corporation introduced its first line of high-performance refrigerated and dry truck bodies at the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference in Phoenix AZ. 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, group president, Commercial Trailer Products at Wabash National Corp.
With more than 200 patents worldwide, Wabash National’s engineers have combined fleet-proven equipment designs with advanced materials to create a line of refrigerated and dry freight truck bodies for Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis.
Wabash National’s refrigerated truck bodies are constructed using state-of-the-art bonding assembly technology combined with a patent-pending composite panel, providing up to 25% improvement in thermal efficiency compared with conventional designs. This advanced design also reduces weight by as much as 15% without sacrificing strength and durability.
The company’s dry truck bodies are constructed with Wabash National’s DuraPlate composite panels, fleet-proven for heavy-duty freight applications for nearly 20 years. The truck bodies also incorporate semitrailer-grade components and designs for added performance and longevity.
“Earlier this year we opened a dedicated facility in Lafayette IN for the production of truck bodies and other final mile equipment,” said Yeagy. “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.”
The launch of Wabash National’s truck body line comes in the midst of a surge in e-commerce, reshoring and re-urbanization, in addition to a changing regulatory environment.
For example, to meet safety considerations and regulatory changes, both Wabash National truck bodies feature a rear underride guard tested to US and Canadian standards.
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