Freightliner Trucks announced this week that Detroit is the next city to be honored as a Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities award recipient. The program, which launched in 2015, recognizes cities across North America that are fueling economic growth.
The Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities winners are determined by an exhaustive review of about 400 metropolitan census areas across 11 key economic performance indicators, including unemployment rate, infrastructure investment and contribution to total GDP.
Detroit is the fourth city in North America for manufacturing employment. It also is recognized for these top percentile rankings:
- Top 10 percent of cities for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and light truck and delivery;
- Top 10 percent of cities for number of transportation establishments;
- Top 15 percent of cities for contribution to U.S. GDP; and
- Top 20 percent of cities for construction employment.
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 landscapes to concrete professionals repairing roadways.
“The city of Detroit is near and dear to Freightliner because of the legendary Detroit engines and drivetrains that power our trucks,” said Allan Haggai, marketing communications manager for 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, the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities awards program has recognized 10 cities across North America: Dallas; Edmonton, Alberta; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tenn.; New York City, Salt Lake City, Seattle; Toronto; and Des Moines, Iowa.
Freightliner plans to visit Detroit the week of Oct. 9 for job site visits, a customer tour of the Detroit engine plant, and on-site celebration, including a media event scheduled for Oct. 11. To learn more about Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities, visit HardestWorkingCities.com.
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