Detroit Reman Completes Expansion of Minnesota Facility

Expansion Focuses on Battery-Electric Vehicles at Hibbing Plant
Detroit Reman facility in Hibbing, Minn.
Warehouse and storage space at Detroit Reman's Hibbing, Minn., site will expand by 33%. (Daimler Truck North America)

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An expansion of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing’s Hibbing, Minn., plant is complete, doubling the facility’s manufacturing and remanufacturing footprint, the Daimler Truck North America unit said.

The expansion, which took almost 12 months, saw the manufacturing and remanufacturing operations at the site reach 120,000 square feet, DTNA said. A total of 11 new production lines will be added by the end of the year.

The Hibbing expansion will be located on the Range Regional Airport property. Some 12,000 square feet is dedicated to battery-electric vehicles. The expansion will see a 33% increase in warehouse and storage space at the site.

Remanufacturing involves disassembly, salvaging parts and assembly alongside required new components and quality testing.

Location, Location, Location

Detroit Reman has five facilities in the United States. They are located in:

  • Byesville, Ohio
  • Emporia, Kan.
  • Hibbing, Minn.
  • Kentwood, Mich.
  • Tooele, Utah

Source: Daimler Truck North America

Detroit Reman’s current product lines include engine components, axle carriers, transmissions, exhaust aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems and electronics, plus heavy- and medium-duty engines. The last includes complete, three-quarter and long block engines.

The expansion allows Detroit Reman to expand its focus to BEV-specific remanufactured parts, including a dedicated space for high-voltage manufacturing components such as batteries and inverters, according to the parent company of U.S. Class 8 brands Freightliner and Western Star.

Demand for electric vehicle components is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, DTNA said.

Drew Backeberg


“We are excited to unveil our expanded facility in Hibbing, which underscores our commitment to innovation and growth in the electric vehicle sector,” said Drew Backeberg, DTNA senior vice president of aftermarket.

“This expansion not only enhances our capacity and efficiency, but also positions us to meet the growing demand for electric vehicle components driving us towards a more sustainable future,” he said.

Freightliner, the top selling Class 8 brand in the U.S., currently offers two battery-electric models: the eCascadia and eM2. The former is the battery-electric version of Freightliner’s flagship Class 8 Cascadia model and has a range of up to 230 miles. The latter, serial production of which began in October, was launched in May 2023 with Classes 6 and 7 options.


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Also, DTNA’s Thomas Built Buses offers the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus.

Hibbing also could be remanufacturing in-house made batteries. DTNA parent company Daimler Truck is teaming up with Paccar Inc. and Accelera by Cummins to build a factory for commercial vehicle battery cells in northern Mississippi. Paccar said construction is set to start during the current quarter.

Production of battery cells at the 21-gigawatt-hour factory just across the Tennessee state line from Memphis is expected to begin in 2027.

Detroit Reman is part of DTNA’s Detroit Diesel engine unit. Detroit Diesel was formed in 1988 as a joint venture between General Motors and Penske Corp. Daimler Chrysler acquired Detroit Diesel in 2000, putting it under the DTNA umbrella.

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