Old Dominion Drives Its 15,000th Freightliner Off Assembly Line

October 09, 2017


CLEVELAND, N.C. – October 9, 2017 – Today, Freightliner Trucks and Old Dominion Freight Line celebrated its longtime partnership at a celebration at Daimler Truck North America’s (DTNA) Cleveland, N.C. truck manufacturing plant. Old Dominion Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO David Congdon was behind the wheel of a new Freightliner Cascadia® for a ceremonial roll off the assembly line. This truck – which marks the 15,000th Freightliner purchased by the Thomasville, N.C. less-than-truckload carrier since 1991– is also the first new Cascadia model to be built at the Cleveland truck manufacturing plant.

Freightliner customized the new Cascadia to Old Dominion’s specifications to maximize utility, safety and efficiency for its nationwide operations.

“The new Cascadia is the market leader that improves safety and fuel economy, and based on our long-term partnership, it’s only fitting that the first one we make in Cleveland would be for Old Dominion,” said Henning Bruns, general manager of the Cleveland truck manufacturing plant. “Old Dominion always says that to them, it’s not just a shipment, and to us, they’re not just a customer. This is a fitting way to start the next chapter of our partnership.”

The companies’ ceremony took place at the plant’s truck museum, where some of DTNA’s most notable trucks and the company’s history in Cleveland is showcased. Old Dominion executives toured the assembly line, inspected the robotics and manufacturing processes, and met with the plant employees who helped build the truck.

Roger Nielsen, President & CEO, Daimler Trucks North America shakes hands with David Congdon, CEO and vice chairman of the board for Old Dominion Freight Line
David Congdon, CEO and vice chairman of the board for Old Dominion Freight Line, drives Old Dominion's 15,000th Freightliner truck off the assembly line

“Old Dominion continuously invests in our equipment and technology to meet the needs of our customers,” said Thomas Newby, Old Dominion’s vice president of equipment and maintenance. “For more than two decades, Old Dominion has repeatedly turned to Freightliner for dependable, best-in-class tractors that help us deliver the on-time, premium service our customers expect.”

Freightliner and Old Dominion have similar backgrounds. Old Dominion started in 1934 and quickly became one of the nation’s leaders in hauling material needed for World War II. Meanwhile, Leland James launched Freightliner Trucks in 1942 because he could not find a company that would build a lightweight tractor to navigate the western Rocky Mountains.

Today, 75 years after James started building his own trucks, Old Dominion is one of his company’s biggest customers.

“Here are two companies that since day one, wake up every morning, tighten their boot straps, and aggressively make sure that day-in-and-day out, they deliver on time and with quality,” said Roger Nielsen, President and CEO, DTNA. “It’s an honor to support Old Dominion as it delivers premium service to their customers across the United States.”

Already, customers have booked more than 25,000 of the new Cascadia truck models, topping the combined number of orders for the first three years after the 2007 launch of the original Cascadia, which is the leading on-highway truck in North America.

The new Cascadia offers:

  • Up to 8 percent fuel efficiency improvement over a similarly spec’d previous Cascadia model.
  • A revolutionary new interior and design.
  • Detroit™ Connect Virtual Technician℠, which allows full remote diagnostics and many upgraded features that help customers optimize both uptime and their business results.
  • Detroit Assurance® suite of safety systems, which provides a number of safety technologies including adaptive cruise control in congested traffic. It also gives drivers full braking on stationary and moving objects, as well as warning and partial braking on pedestrians. No other Collision Mitigation System (CMS) for commercial vehicles offers these capabilities.

As an LTL industry leader, Old Dominion maintains one of the most modern fleets on the road which the new Cascadia will augment. Old Dominion’s fleet includes:

  • More than 8,400 tractors.
  • More than 32,000 trailers.
  • 227 service centers in the United States.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with Freightliner to maintain an advanced fleet crucial to OD helping our customers keep their promises," Newby said.

According to Newby, since 2006 Old Dominion has invested more than a billion dollars to significantly expand and improve its service center network and fleet, resulting in a unique ability to offer national, inter-regional and regional shipping solutions through a single network.

For more information about Freightliner, visit www.freightliner.com, and Old Dominion Freight Line at www.odfl.com.

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