What moves you? For Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), it's a rhetorical question. The subsidiary of German automaker Daimler AG is North America's #1 heavy-duty truck maker for long hauls. In addition to the familiar Freightliner brand, DTNA makes commercial vehicles under the Western Star nameplate, and manufactures school buses under the Thomas Built brand. Operations include Freightliner Custom Chassis, which makes chassis for motor homes, delivery vans, and buses, and Detroit Diesel, a builder of medium- and heavy-duty diesel engines and components. DTNA offers customers access to capital as well as roadway conveniences, too, through partnerships with Daimler Truck Financial and TravelCenters of America.
The company's production and distribution footprint extends across the US, Canada, and Mexico. It did close several US plants during the global recession and shift some production to Mexico. DTNA also operates eight distribution centers throughout North America. Its key export markets include Australia, South Africa, and Central and South America.
After struggling with layoffs and plant closures, the company began hiring again in mid-2011 when it announced plans to create up to 1,600 new jobs in the US and Mexico. Part of the positive news is good reception of its more environmentally friendly offerings. Fuel efficient vehicles, reduced-emission engines, and even hybrid and alternative fuel models are now part of all product lines. DTNA began using lean truck manufacturing processes and environmental controls in many of its plants, including recycling 90% of all materials and waste treatment, in 2010. – less