Ervin Equipment, Inc., a dealer of Wabash National trailers and a leading supplier of new and pre-owned transportation equipment, has begun donating a portion of its Wabash DuraPlate sales to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that benefits military service members who incurred service-connected injuries or illnesses on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The charity works to raise awareness and encourage the public to contribute to helping them by providing direct programs and services. It also assists those service members’ families.

Supporting the project extends Ervin’s long-standing dedication to American jobs and workers, according to Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jeff Weber. “These warriors have served, and paid a price, to protect what we at Ervin believe in strongly,” he said. “The Wounded Warrior Project is close to our heart, to the core of what we’re trying to promote, which is an industry with strong ties to the USA, to the U.S. worker and to American-made products.”

Weber added that many of Ervin’s customers and trucking executives have come from a service or military background or have sons or daughters who are currently serving.
 
Weber says offering part of Ervin’s proceeds to this program is a good fit for the market as well because many Ervin customers have been seeking an American-made alternative. The Wabash DuraPlate is an excellent American-made trailer, he said, and about 70 percent of Ervin’s dry van sales are from the DuraPlate. “The Wabash DuraPlate is one of the best-selling van trailers on the market, and we’re proud to donate a portion of our sales of these trailers to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.”
 
Wabash National was the first company to engineer a composite panel trailer. Initially manufactured in 1996, DuraPlate trailers are designed for low cost of ownership, maximum space and equipment longevity. The trademarked DuraPlate design now has a proven 16-year track record for durability, limited maintenance and high residual value.
 
Due to its one-piece, solid design, the interior of the DuraPlate trailer limits the need for maintenance and delivers a longer trailer life. As a result, the trade-in value of the Wabash DuraPlate trailer is higher than any other trailer on the market.
 
Composite van trailers make up over 50 percent of the dry van market today. While other companies have re-engineered their composite products using imported materials, Wabash National continues to produce and assemble its American-made composite panel in Lafayette, Ind. The company has manufactured more than 300,000 DuraPlate dry van trailers in Lafayette, where it employs 2,500 people.
 
Ervin delivers convenience for customers by staging its trailers at multiple locations across North America. That strong geographic presence, along with the company’s ability to buy and sell in large quantities, provides fleet managers a huge selection for upgrading equipment. It also gives them the flexibility to drop off trade-in trailers at one location and pick up their upgrades at another, whether it’s in the United States, Canada or Mexico.


Ervin Equipment, Inc. is a supplier of pre-owned semi-trailers and trucks. Ervin carries a large selection of used and new fleets of trailers, trucks, construction and oil and gas equipment, and offers expert consulting service to every customer. The company, which was founded in 1984, has its headquarters in Toledo, Ill., and satellite facilities throughout North America. For more information, contact Ervin Equipment toll free at 877-873-6863, or visit the website at www.ervinusa.com.