The Godwin Group took its show on the road again, this time at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NCAV) Show held in the Georgia World Congressional Center in Atlanta.
The Godwin Group is a multiple division company located in North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and Utah and headquartered in Dunn. The company makes dump bodies, hoists, snowplows and technical devices to make these products safer and more efficient.
The company’s owner and founder is Pat Godwin Sr., who holds the largest privately-owned dump body operation in the nation. He lives in Dunn, known as the Dump Body Capital of the World.
The NCAV is held every other year and its sister operation is held in the off years in Germany. The Godwin Group has been a part of both trade shows.
In Atlanta, there were more than 470 exhibitors from all over the world for the nearly week-long trade show. Many of the expected companies were there such as Peterbilt, Volvo, Cummings, Mack, Kenworth, Daimler and International.
Godwin brought in four of its latest dump bodies with all the new features, many of which are exclusive to The Godwin Group, plus new devices, including the Allied product line, which helps snowplow drivers operate more efficiently and safer, according to President Pat Godwin Jr., son of the owner.
“We want these new controls to be as safe and convenient as they possibly can,” Godwin said.
The younger Godwin developed many of the new products and the Allied division was recently developed on the Godwin Manufacturing site on U.S. Highway 421 on Dunn’s east side. Signage indicating the new line will go up in coming months so passersby can see where the new technology is being made.
The Envision line, part of Allied, operates like your cruise control in your car, only it does more for the snowplow driver who may have to work extra hours when conditions merit.
“They can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” Godwin Jr. said.
He said the Atlanta trade shows and others in which Godwin participates helps him find sources for products. His son, Patrick Godwin III, who works in marketing for the company, said he “looks at how people organize their information.” Godwin Sr.’s daughter, Phyllis Godwin, the company vice president, said, “We get orders from every trade show we go to.”
David Dowdy, sales manager for Transport Equipment Company based in Albany, Georgia, was on hand at the Godwin display.
He said he’s been doing business with Godwin for about a quarter of a century.
He said the company provides good equipment and maybe more importantly, “They stick pretty well to what they tell you up front. They are just easier to work with.”