Freightliner Truck Wallpapers – Freightliner Trucks is an American manufacturer of heavy duty trucks, chassis and semi-trailer trucks in the United States.
The company was founded as Freightliner Inc in 1942 and is now a division of Daimler Trucks North America, a subsidiary of the German Daimler AG. The company is known mainly for the heavy duty class 8 diesel trucks it produces, as well as classes 5-7 trucks.
As of 2005, Freightliner is the largest manufacturer of heavy duty trucks in North America with annual revenue of over $32 billion (2012 est.) and over 24,000 employees (including Detroit Diesel). Because Freightliner LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler, a non-American corporation, it is not included in Fortune 500 rankings. It is comparable to the 125th largest company in those rankings based on the criteria used.
On April 2, 2007, the Strike Committee of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3520 called for a strike at the Freightliner Trucks’ assembly plant in Cleveland, North Carolina. This strike lasted only one day, but because the UAW declared the strike unofficial, it was considered a wildcat strike action, resulting in the firing of 700 employees.
Nearly all these were at length allowed back to work, six remained terminated for about a week, but five (known as the “Cleveland Five” or “Freightliner Five”) remain terminated.
Also in 2007, Freightliner laid off 800 US workers from its Portland, Oregon plant, relocating manufacturing work to a new multimillion-dollar plant in Mexico. However, plans to close the plant completely were dropped in September 2009, and it remained open to produce military vehicles and Westernstar Truck’s.
After DaimlerChrysler sold the Chrysler division and changed its name to Daimler AG in 2007, it was announced Freightliner LLC would be renamed to Daimler Trucks North America, LLC on January 7, 2008.
Today, Freightliner remains active in heavy-duty trucks, and in commercial vehicles in classes 5 through 8 in North America. It leads the diesel Class A recreational vehicle chassis and walk-in van markets.
Its Detroit Diesel and Mercedes-Benz engine offerings are also industry leaders. The Freightliner badge also adorns the Sprinter, a Class 2 van produced by Mercedes-Benz in Europe and marketed through Freightliner dealers, as well as through Chrysler dealers as a Dodge-branded offering.
Tesla Motors is supplying battery packs for Freightliner’s Custom Chassis Electric Van On January 12, 2012, Freightliner announced plans to hire 1200 second-shift workers by the end of the year at its Cleveland plant, the company’s largest U.S. truck plant, with nearly 500 employees. Most of those would be people who were laid off when the second shift was dropped in 2009.
The reason was increased demand for Cascadia trucks, of which twice as many would be made by October 2012. One-fifth of the plant’s output, which also included Columbia and Argosy went to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. By September only 550 of the workers had returned to the plant, and 173 others not recalled had lost their seniority.
There are many models this truck company has launched. The main ones being Cascadia and Coronado.
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