Sales representatives from across the United States gathered in Dunn last week for The Godwin Group Annual Sales Meeting.
The meeting was hosted at Champion Hoist, headquarters for The Godwin Group.
The meeting was a chance for sales reps to learn about new innovations in the company, which includes divisions in Dunn, Kentucky, Ohio and Utah making dump bodies, hoists, snowplows and other equipment.
“We had an excellent sales meeting this week,” Kristie Stockman, National Sales Manager for The Godwin Group said. “The team participated in valuable product training, group strategy discussions and set personal and group goals. As always, it is awesome having the sales and management team brain storming together. We have the best team in the industry and once the plans are made, this group is unstoppable!”
A new division to the company is Allied. Among its products is Envision which is a seat- mounted touchscreen so snowplow operators can “keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” said company President Pat Godwin Jr.
The announcement of the launch of Allied came this month. It is located in the old Godwin feed store off U.S. Highway 421 on the east side of Dunn. New signage will soon be in place.
Also, attendees saw a demonstration of how Godwin is working with Hyva to add new products. Hyva, based out of Brazil, produces high-pressured cylinders that allow dump bodies to go up and down quicker, thus shortening the time it takes to complete a job, according to salesman Dale Fann, who works out of the Dunn office of Godwin Mfg.
Attendees saw a Titan hook loader which allows the dump truck user to lift a new bed onto a truck. Godwin Jr. said the European safety features on the device are safer than United States standards. Also, with the hook lifting from the top the dump truck operator has more control of the container.
Ryan Taylor, CEO, said by allowing dump truck owners to swap out containers, from, for example, a rollback to a recycle bin, one dump truck can use several containers – thus Godwin selling more dump bodies.
The Godwin Group first began on April 1, 1966, when founder and owner Pat Godwin Sr. unplugged his wife’s stove and plugged in his welder. The Dunn industrialist went on to create Godwin Mfg.
Godwin Sr. - who left school in sixth grade, crawled out the window and went back to his father’s sweet potato fields - took his assembly-line designs and innovations on the road and purchased several other plants, turning around operations.
In 2008, the mayor and Dunn city council proclaimed Dunn the Truck Body Capital of the World.