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August 27, 2019 12:45 PM, EDT

DTNA's Milestone Truck Presented to UPS

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Daimler Trucks North America announced the production of the 750,000th vehicle built at its Cleveland, N.C., truck manufacturing plant. Keys to the milestone vehicle, a Freightliner new Cascadia, were presented to representatives from UPS Inc.

“Over the past 30 years, our Cleveland plant has served as the foundation for our North American manufacturing operations and has been an integral part of our growth, innovation and leadership,” CEO Roger Nielsen said in a release. “This production landmark demonstrates both customer acceptance of our solutions and the strength of our team. As we continue to evolve our product offerings and technologies, the Cleveland facility will remain a critical part of our strategy and success.”

Freightliner acquired the plant in 1989 and started producing the Freightliner medium conventional, a day cab truck model based on a Mercedes-Benz cabin mounted on an American chassis.

Today, besides the market-leading Class 8 new Cascadia, the Cleveland plant produces the Western Star 4700, 4900 and 5700XE truck models, and the Freightliner Coronado and Columbia for the right-hand drive Australian and New Zealand markets, according to the Portland, Ore.-based company.

“This accomplishment signifies our companies’ continued success as collaboration transforms technology and service defines the customer experience,” said Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS.

DTNA has invested more than $350 million in the facility, including a recent $27 million to add a new logistics center to support the company’s lean supply chain practices. The facility has more than 2,200 employees, and it is DTNA’s largest manufacturing plant in the U.S. — Transport Topics