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wabash national can
produce custom parts to
solve issues for its carrier
customers.

tion time to provide relief. Recently, the Nebraska-based food product carrier ran into an issue where
one of its shippers had a unique dock configuration
that was damaging K&B Transportation's trailers. The

angle of the dock, dock lock and dock height were causing the dock to strike the fantail as drivers pulled in.
Even though it was not a design flaw on Wabash National's part, the company flew a team of engineers out
to K&B Transportation within 24 hours to assess the
situation and validate tests. A few days later, Wabash
National began production on custom parts to retrofit
the trailers to work with the shipper's dock.

Leading Innovation
Wabash National's technical expertise has enabled the
company to continually enhance its product offerings
and the trucking industry as a whole. The company is
preparing to unveil its next advancement - a prototype
molded structural composite refrigerated van - at the
Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) exhibition in Nashville in February and March.
Although trailer manufacturers have been using
composites in various forms for several years, Wabash
National's prototype refrigerated van, and a new dry
truck body with a structural composite base, will represent the next evolution of the materials.
The company is replacing the steel and steel structural
members in the base of the trailers with lighter-weight,
corrosion-resistant composites that meet high strength,
high fatigue requirements. Yeagy says the prototype represents a breakthrough in terms of weight, fuel efficiency
and overall strength of the trailer.
The company's commitment to innovation begins
with its investments in manufacturing. Wabash National's Lafayette facility is the only domestic plant
with an extrusion process capable of producing Du22

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