Freightliner Trucks is an American truck
manufacturer, 1 The division is known mainly for the heavy
duty class 8 diesel trucks it offers, as well as classes 5-7
trucks.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
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 Western Star trucks.4 230 more
Portland workers were laid off in 2013.5
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.citation needed The Freightliner badge also adorns the Sprinter, a Class 2 van produced by Mercedes-Benz in Europe and marketed through Freightliner dealers. Previously, it was also available through Chrysler dealers as a Dodge-branded offering, prior to the sale of Chrysler to Fiat.
Tesla Motors is supplying battery packs for Freightliner's Custom Chassis Electric Van.clarification needed6
On January 12, 2012, Daimler Trucks North America announced plans to hire 1200 second-shift workers by the end of the year at its Cleveland plant, the company's largest US 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.
In 2009, Daimler Trucks North America's Mount Holly, North Carolina plant began making natural gas trucks. The company made 700 trucks of that type in 2012, with the number growing in 2013 as the company announced the Cleveland plant would begin making the Cascadia with Cummins Westport natural gas engines.
On August 22, 2014, the Cleveland plant made Daimler Trucks North America's 3 millionth truck, a Cascadia Evolution, the first to use a Detroit powertrain to be introduced in January 2015. The plant had 2600 employees, and the company had 8000 employees in North Carolina. Also in 2014, the Cleveland plant began hiring more employees. By October 750 of the 1100 people needed had been hired.