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The Long-Lasting Durability of Galvannealed Steel

Work Truck Bodies are expected to be durable and resistant to the elements. Rugby Mfg. works hard to develop bodies that do exactly that, which is why we’ve introduced the Vari-Class Platform line, a game-changer in the platform world due to its versatility and durability. The durability in this product line comes from sides that are built from galvannealed steel, which provides a unique combination of strength and longevity.

What is Galvannealed Steel?

Galvannealed steel is a specialized steel product that undergoes a unique heat treatment process after coating, resulting in the formation of a zinc-iron alloy. This alloy provides galvannealed steel with a distinctive surface makeup that contributes to its unique properties, making it an ideal choice for rugged applications.

Higher Corrosion Resistance:

One of the standout features of galvannealed steel is its higher corrosion resistance compared to traditional steel. The zinc-iron alloy created during the heat treatment process forms a robust barrier against corrosive elements, ensuring that our Vari sides remain structurally sound and reliable even in harsh environmental conditions.

Improved Paint Adhesion:

Galvannealed steel’s unique surface composition not only enhances its corrosion resistance but also improves paint adhesion. This means that the paint applied to the body adheres more effectively, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing and longer-lasting finish. The enhanced paint adhesion contributes to the overall durability of the body.

Flexibility without Compromise:

Unlike some steel products, the paint-ability and corrosion resistance of galvannealed steel are not impaired by bending and simple forming processes. This characteristic allows for greater design flexibility without compromising the protective qualities of the steel. Our Vari sides, manufactured with galvannealed steel, can withstand the rigors of daily use, including loading and unloading, without sacrificing their structural integrity.

Long-Lasting and Cost-Effective:

The combination of higher corrosion resistance, improved paint adhesion, and flexibility without compromise makes our galvannealed steel Vari sides exceptionally long-lasting and durable. This longevity translates to cost savings over the life of the equipment, as operators experience reduced maintenance and repair costs.

Tough Conditions? No Problem:

The protective nature of galvannealed steel makes it especially well-suited for tough operating conditions. Whether navigating construction sites, handling abrasive materials, or facing exposure to the elements, truck bodies constructed from galvannealed steel provide reliable performance under a variety of challenging circumstances.

Perfect for the Vari-Class Platform Line:

The Vari-Class Platform Line takes full advantage of the benefits offered by galvannealed steel. The robust construction of these designs, combined with the unique properties of galvannealed steel, ensures that they are a perfect fit for a wide range of applications. Whether hauling landscaping pallets, equipment, mulch or other materials, the Vari-Class Platform Line provides unmatched durability and performance.


Rugby Mfg.’s Vari-Class Platform Line with galvannealed steel Vari sides stands out as a testament to innovation and quality in the industry. The higher corrosion resistance, improved paint adhesion, flexibility without compromise, and overall longevity make Rugby’s Vari-Class a wise investment for businesses looking to maximize the lifespan and performance of their equipment in the face of challenging conditions.

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