While designing the Cascadia, Freightliner hosted two Tech Week events where top technicians in North America were given a sneak peek of the new truck and were asked to provide feedback on its serviceability. Their comments and input resulted in technician-friendly changes to the design of the Cascadia.
Working out of a truck can create roadblocks to healthy living. Typically, drivers don’t have set schedules, rely on truck stops for nourishment, and sit for long stretches of time. Over time, this could lead to various health problems, including weight gain, back pain, and lethargy.
Jeff Havela Trucking is a husband-and-wife logging team that operates on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan. They average 60- to 150-mile runs hauling raw products from the woods to the mill, and after 22 years of driving other trucks, they made the switch to Freightliner.
Freightliner Trucks recently developed a 122SD Sleeper Auto Hauler in partnership with Fontaine Modification Company. This development was in response to a request for an integral sleeper design from Diversified Automotive, a committed Freightliner customer.
In case you missed it, the 2017 WasteExpo took place May 9–11 in New Orleans. WasteExpo is designed for waste and recycling leaders, and is where the best minds in the waste, recycling, and organics industry turn for inspiration, innovation, and guidance. So naturally, Freightliner Trucks was there.
Elliott Equipment Company recently developed the D105, its first digger derrick for the electric utility, construction, and maintenance industries. It has a 107-foot sheave height, 20,000 foot-pound high-torque digger system, a digging radius of up to 41 feet, and digging depth of up to 16 feet — and it’s powered by a Freightliner M2 106.
Miller Industries is a second-generation towing and recovery equipment manufacturer founded in 1990. The carriers they build — up to 30 feet in length with deck capabilities of up to 40 thousand pounds — are such high quality that both the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have trusted them with their NASCAR fleets.
Last month we celebrated Des Moines, Iowa, as the tenth city to join the ranks of Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities.
In 2016 we celebrated New York City, Edmonton and Seattle with successful awards presentations and cool job site visits, but what really made this year special was talking to the people who work there and sharing their stories.
With spring now in the air, those who operate snow plows and tankers are already thinking about ordering next year’s trucks so they will be ready to serve as soon as the temperature drops.