Wabash National Continues Record Profit

Posted: Updated:
Wabash National produces semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems. Wabash National produces semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems.
LAFAYETTE -

Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) is reporting full-year net income of $119 million in 2016, up from $104 million the previous year. The earnings represent the fifth consecutive year the company has hit a record.

The semi-trailer and liquid transportation system manufacturer is also reporting fourth quarter net income of $23 million, down from $33 million during the same period in 2015. Despite the quarterly decrease, Chief Executive Officer Dick Giromini says he is pleased with the 2016 results.

"The overall strength in the Company’s operating performance highlights the significant progress made through our growth and diversification initiatives driven by our long-term strategic plan to transform the Company into a diversified industrial manufacturer with a higher growth and margin profile, while leveraging our expertise in lean and six sigma optimization initiatives," said Giromini. "New trailer shipments of 60,950 for the year exceeded our previous guidance, driven by strong customer pick-up.  We enter 2017 with a strong backlog of orders totaling $802 million, an increase of 25 percent compared to the previous quarter."

Giromini says the company set new records in gross profit, gross profit margin, operating income and operating margin. He says he believes demand for trailers will remain healthy in 2017 and the company will remain "laser-focused" on driving further productivity improvements. 

  • Perspectives

    • Overseas Outsourcing Can Create a World of Problems

      The internet broke down geographic barriers for businesses, making it possible to find lower-cost suppliers around the world. But if companies lack the knowledge and skills to manage those suppliers properly, they may end up spending far more than expected. We’ve worked with companies all over the globe to help our clients meet their advertising and marketing objectives while protecting their budgets. While most of those working relationships have been positive, we’ve had...
    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Money magazine judges Fishers as 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

      Fishers Makes Top 10 List of 'Best Places to Live'

      Three communities in Indiana made the top 100 list of best places to live in the country, but only one made the top 10. Fishers was judged by Money magazine as the third best place to live in the United States, behind Clarksville, Tennessee and Round Rock, Texas.

    • 120WaterAudit Lands $7M in Funding

      Zionsville-based 120WaterAudit LLC has closed on a $7 million Series A round of funding. The company says it plans to use the funding to enhance its digital water cloud platform and expand sales and marketing efforts. The funding round was led by Indianapolis-based HG Ventures, with participation from Allos Ventures in Indy and California-based Greenhouse Capital Partners. 120WaterAudit's platform includes software and testing kits to help government agencies, public...

    • ‘Potential’ Fueling Downtown Makeover in Fort Wayne

      As Fort Wayne prepares to christen its latest big downtown project, Mayor Tom Henry says there are no signs of transformational development slowing down in the state’s second largest city. The Landing, a $34 million downtown redevelopment project, is expected to officially open soon, one of an estimated 14 projects that Henry says can help Fort Wayne become a destination city. Since the opening of Parkview Field more than a decade ago, Henry says momentum has...

    • Photo courtesy of Bristol Parks

      Startup Plans to Add 250 Jobs By 2021

      A metal forming startup is seeking to use a facility in Bristol that has been empty since 2017 for a major manufacturing operation. The Elkhart Truth reports Brinco will invest $52 million in the project and add 250 jobs.

    • New study reveals best place in Indiana for young families

      And the Best Place for Young Families Goes To...

      What do you look for in a community when deciding where to start a family and raise your children? There can be several factors to weigh in making a sound decision. Housing affordability. Unemployment rates. Quality of education. Mortage website Lendingtree.com has released the results of a study pointing to the best places for young families in Indiana.