Mercedes-Benz Credit Corporation announces sponsorship of Trucker Buddy

| 9/28/2001

Mercedes-Benz Credit Corporation (MBCC) has announced its support of Trucker Buddy International (TBI) Inc. MBCC's Freightliner Financial Services Division will be the first Platinum Level sponsor for TBI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen-pal relationship between professional truckdrivers and children in grades 2-8.

The support provided by MBCC will allow TBI increased exposure on an international level. In addition to providing advertising, direct mail, networking and Internet advertising, MBCC will be hosting and assisting in the development of TBI's web site, which is rapidly becoming a valuable tool for providing information and recruiting participants in the organization. Trucker Buddy's web site can be viewed at

"The benefits Mercedes-Benz Credit Corporation will bring to our organization will be immeasurable, as they assist us in promoting our program at a higher level, allowing us to expand our message outside the industry," said Executive Director Ellen Voie. "Trucker Buddy will benefit from the relationship with MBCC and will use the increased exposure to bring the trucking industry into more of our nation's schools. "Currently, there are close to 5,000 classes around the world that correspond with Trucker Buddy drivers, who volunteer their time and effort to enhance the students' writing, math and geography skills.

"Trucker Buddy's mission to promote the industry by matching professional drivers with elementary classrooms allow students, teachers and parents to see drivers in a different light," said, Bill Foye, eCommerce Manager for MBCC, "and this further enhances the image of those who support the program."

Every week, Trucker Buddy drivers share news about their travels with their assigned classes, and provide a format for the enhancement of the grade school curriculum in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies and history. The organization was started by Gary King, a professional driver who began corresponding with a Wisconsin class in 1984. Since that time, the program has grown to include classes in Japan, Iceland and Saudi Arabia.

MBCC joins other supporters including Gold Level supporters, OOIDA and Caterpillar, along with ArvinMeritor, AT&T, Kenworth, Truckload Carriers Assn. and Wal-Mart Foundation as Silver Level contributors.