Freightliner names annual Hardest Working Cities

SD Staff

September 12, 2017

Freightliner Trucks has named Detroit as its Hardest Working Cities award recipient for 2017. The program, which launched in 2015, recognizes cities across North America that are fueling economic growth.

Freightliner Trucks says its Hardest Working Cities winners are determined by a review of approximately 400 metropolitan census areas across 11 different key economic performance indicators, including unemployment rate, infrastructure investment, and contribution to total GDP.

The company says Detroit is the fourth city in North America for manufacturing employment. It is also among:

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  • The top 10 percent of cities for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and light truck and delivery
  • The top 10 percent of cities for number of transportation establishments
  • The top 15 percent of cities for contribution to U.S. GDP
  • The top 20 percent of cities for construction employment

Freightliner says the data review shows a strong correlation between work truck sales and thriving local economies, so as part of this program, Freightliner Trucks will visit work sites around Detroit with pop-up food and gift events to thank workers for their contributions. To date, Freightliner has visited dozens of job sites and thanked hundreds of workers, from contractors shaping their local landscapes to concrete professionals repairing roadways, the company says.

“The city of Detroit is near and dear to Freightliner because of the legendary Detroit™ engines and drivetrains that power our trucks,” says Allan Haggai, marketing communications manager, Freightliner Vocational Trucks. “In addition, Wolverine Truck Group has been a great partner of ours for many years. We’re looking forward to spending time with the people who use our work trucks to power the great things happening in the Motor City.”

Since its inception, Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities has recognized 10 cities across North America: Dallas, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Toronto and Des Moines.

Freightliner will be visiting Detroit the week of Oct. 9 for job site visits, a customer tour of the Detroit engine plant, and on-site celebration, including a press event scheduled for October 11, the company says. To learn more about Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities, please CLICK HERE.

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