The production agreement with Wabash National will allow PODS to continue their tremendous growth, while ensuring that the PODS® containers are unsurpassed in the industry.
One of the largest and most recognized brands in the storage and moving industry, PODS has over 137,000 containers in use today.
“As industry leaders, both PODS and Wabash are excited about our new DuraPlate containers that are not only made in the U.S.A., but will result in greater efficiencies for PODS,” said Tom Ryan, president and chief executive officer of PODS. “Since DuraPlate is made from steel and plastic materials, each unit will be 100 percent recyclable and are highly eco-friendly.”
“Our proven DuraPlate panel technology provides opportunity for us to grow into other market segments,” said Dick Giromini, president and chief executive officer of Wabash National. “Our new partnership with PODS helps to jumpstart that effort.”
“PODS is a company that has a strong business plan for growth,” said Jamie Scarcelli, vice president and general manager of DuraPlate Products Group, “and Wabash National will be right there with PODS as they grow, providing the best American-made container in the business.”
The new PODS® containers have a steel frame construction with completely recyclable panels made of steel skins and a high-density polyethylene core and are available in three sizes: approximately 8-by-8-by-7 feet, 8-by-8-by-12 feet and 8-by-8-by-16 feet. Delivery to the field is expected as early as January 2009.
Founded in 1998, the PODS network (pods.com) currently provides service to a population of more than 236 million consumers. To date, PODS has completed more than 175,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded one million deliveries and has over 137,000 PODS® containers in service. PODS moving and storage services are available in 48 U.S. states and throughout Canada and Australia.
About Wabash National
Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash National® Corporation (wabashnational.com) is one of the leading manufacturers of semi trailers in North America. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dump trailers, truck bodies and intermodal equipment. Its innovative core products are sold under the DuraPlate®, ArcticLite®, Eagle® and Benson™ brand names. The company operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries; Transcraft® Corporation, a manufacturer of flatbed, drop deck and dump trailers and truck bodies; and Wabash National Trailer Centers, trailer service centers and retail distributors of new and used trailers and aftermarket parts throughout the U.S.