This past week, the state of Michigan recognized the 75th anniversary of Detroit Diesel Corp. with a day of plant tours, contests, Freightliner ride-and-drives and a product fair. Michigan Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D-Redford) proclaimed Thursday, July 25, “Detroit Day” in the state of Michigan at an Employee Appreciation Event at the company’s corporate headquarters in Redford, Mich.
Since its inception in 1938, Detroit has built more than 4 million engines at its 3 million-square-foot manufacturing plant in Redford. Over the past 10 years, parent company Daimler Trucks North America has invested more than $750 million dollars in the Detroit plant, making it one of the most state-of-the-art powertrain manufacturing facilities in the world.
The Employee Appreciation Event recognized the more than 2,300 Detroit employees who work at the Redford facility, as well as the company’s 2,000 retirees. Since 1938, Detroit has employed approximately 15,000 Michigan residents.