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Wabash National Corporation Presents Awards to Outstanding Suppliers

Key Suppliers Recognized at Company's Annual Supplier Conference

LAFAYETTE, IN, Sep 23, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Wabash National Corporation recognized top suppliers during its annual supplier conference on Sept. 19, 2013. Twenty suppliers received awards for exceptional performance to help the organization meet customer needs.

"We value the relationships with our suppliers because they help Wabash National deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions for our customers," said Dick Giromini, Wabash National Corporation president and chief executive officer. "This select group of suppliers has demonstrated the kind of commitment to excellence that allows Wabash National to enhance customer satisfaction with evolving product and technology innovations."

More than 375 attendees representing 150 supplier organizations were present for the conference held at the company's Ehrlich Innovation Center. Keynote speakers included Craig Bouchard, chairman and chief executive officer of Signature Group Holdings, Inc., and Tim Quinlan, an economist for Wells Fargo. They each shared insights on specific trends affecting the industry.

"Partnerships are critical to our success as a diversified industrial manufacturer," said Wabash National Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing Steve Miller. "These select suppliers bring unique ideas and a sense of urgency that continues to raise the bar and redefine the reciprocal value of partnership."

Wabash National presented its most esteemed award, the 2013 Supply Chain Leadership and Performance Pinnacle Supplier Award, to Truck-Lite Company LLC, a premier supplier of visibility products for trucks and trailers. Truck-Lite was selected based on its excellent service and performance in reducing costs and providing proactive solutions for Wabash National customers.

Three Distinguished Supplier Awards were presented to suppliers for support of key initiatives, customer value and relationship. Recipients of distinguished awards included Whiting Overhead Door Corporation, Bridgestone Corporation and 3D Machine, Inc.

Sixteen Platinum Awards were given for excellence in supply chain performance delivery, quality, cost and innovation. Recipients of these awards were All State Fastener Corporation, Conney Safety Products, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Dayton Freight Lines, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, GC3 Logistics, Hardebeck Trucking, Henry Poor Lumber Company, Hynes Industries, Kauffman Engineering, Inc., Lafayette Steel & Aluminum, Maxion Wheels, Office Depot, SAF-HOLLAND, Steel of West Virginia, Inc. and Wiley Metal Fabricating, Inc.

About Wabash National Corporation Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash National Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America's leading producer of semi trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, platform trailers, intermodal equipment, liquid tank trailers, frac tanks, engineered products, and composite products. Wabash National's operations are largely organized under three wholly owned subsidiaries: Transcraft Corporation, Walker Group Holdings LLC and Wabash National Trailer Centers, Inc. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National(R), Transcraft(R), Benson(R), DuraPlate(R), ArcticLite(R), Walker Transport, Walker Stainless Equipment, Walker Defense Group, Walker Barrier Systems, Walker Engineered Products, Brenner(R) Tank, Beall(R), Garsite, Progress Tank, TST(R), Bulk Tank International and Extract Technology(R).