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From Humble Beginnings to Class 8 Leader

As of March 2017, Freightliner enjoyed a 37.1 percent market share in the American Class 8 category. The brand is a part of Daimler Trucks North America, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Company Origins

It all began as a solution to a problem. Before World War II, Consolidated Freightways (CF) wanted heavy-duty trucks capable of navigating the steep grades common in the western United States. To meet its goal, CF modified Fageol trucks at its maintenance facility in Utah beginning in 1942. It sold its first truck outside the company in 1949, and it entered into a distribution agreement with the White Motor Company in 1951.

Independent Company

When the agreement concluded in 1974, Freightliner became an independent enterprise. Since 1981, Freightliner has been a part of Daimler Trucks North America. When Mercedes-Benz’ own Class 5-7 products exited the market in the early nineties, Freightliner filled the breach.

Diverse Product Line

The company began to manufacture natural gas trucks in 2009, and an electric truck is being developed. Today, the company’s largest plant is in Cleveland, North Carolina. As of October 2017, approximately 1500 workers at the Cleveland plant produce a number of Class 8 models, including Argosy, Cascadia, Cascadia Natural Gas, Columbia, Coronado and Western Star 4700 and 4900. Freightliner also produces a complete line of medium-duty M2 business-class trucks at its Mount Holly, North Carolina, location.

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