DETROIT HITS IT ON ALL CYLINDERS
DETROIT (October 20, 2017) — Last week, the Detroit region became the 11th city to be honored with a Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities award. The program recognizes cities across North America that demonstrate determination, innovation, and job creation, and between Detroit's downtown revitalization and the preservation of its title as "The Motor City," the Detroit region has truly demonstrated the spirit of this award.
After an exhaustive review of approximately 400 metropolitan census areas across 11 different key economic performance indicators, Freightliner Trucks found that Detroit was the fourth city in North America for manufacturing employment. It is also among the top 10 percent of cities in North America for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, and transportation establishments.
Surprise Jobsite Visits
The Hardest Working Cities celebration started early Tuesday morning with a surprise jobsite visit to Allied Construction in Clarkston. In partnership with Wolverine Truck Group, we got there bright and early as the workers started their shifts around 6:00 a.m. They stopped by our table for a grab-and-go breakfast sandwich from their favorite diner, Mel's Grill, and some Hardest Working Cities goody bags filled with safety vests, hats, and adjustable koozies to keep their drinks cool on the job.
Next, we headed to Wimsatt Building Materials in Wayne. There, we surprised workers on their lunch breaks with a full spread from Slows BBQ. We set up a build-your-own slider bar with hearty sides, including baked beans, mac n' cheese, and fresh cornbread. And the best part about our visit to Wimsatt? They accepted delivery of a Freightliner 114SD powered by a Detroit™ DD13® engine right in the middle of our event. There's nothing like a brand-new truck to get everyone's motor running!
The Award Presentation
The next day we held the award presentation at Daimler's own Detroit Diesel Corporation. The event took place in their Welcome Center, surrounded by the plant's history, engines axles, transmissions, and plant employees.
Allan Haggai, vocational marketing communications manager at Freightliner, kicked off the event, followed by remarks from Matt Pfaffenbach, the head of Detroit operations. Justin Robinson, the vice president of business attraction for the Detroit Regional Chamber, accepted the award on behalf of the Detroit region. Robinson has extensive experience working with Detroit-based manufacturing, R&D, and engineering companies, and was the lead on many major expansion projects, resulting in significant investments and job creation within the Detroit region.
"The Detroit Regional Chamber proudly accepts this honor and recognition on behalf of the region's business community," said Robinson. "As Freightliner's Hardest Working City, this award celebrates the people and industries powering the Detroit region's economy and builds on our rich history of driving innovation, developing word-class talent, and creating high-quality jobs to compete and win in the 21st century global economy."
Also in attendance were Lisa Howze, Chief Government Affairs Officer, City of Detroit, Mayor's Office, and Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, Redford Township Supervisor.
The event concluded with lunch and plant tours open to guests and media. With UAW Shop Chairmen Justin Thompson and Mark (Gibby) Gibson, as well as employees from the Detroit plant, it truly was a celebration of all of the hard work and innovation that happens in Detroit every day.
About Freightliner Trucks
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.