MOUNT HOLLY, N.C., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama today visited the Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) manufacturing facility in Mount Holly, North Carolina to address economic issues facing the United States.
The Mount Holly plant is part of DTNA's network of commercial vehicle manufacturing facilities and produces the company's Freightliner Business Class® M2 and severe duty product lines, including the M2 112 and 114SD natural gas vehicles, and the M2 106 hybrid vehicle. In 2011, the company hired over 1,000 workers and commenced second shift operation, currently, the facility employs 1,450 associates and produces 25,000 trucks annually.
In February 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified DTNA's complete portfolio of model year 2013 on-highway, vocational, and medium duty vehicles as fully compliant with the new GHG14 regulations. DTNA is the first and only commercial vehicle manufacturer to be certified as GHG14 compliant.
DTNA's GHG14 compliance has been achieved one full year ahead of the mandate for certification by the EPA and the Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) first ever program to reduce heavy and medium duty truck greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. DTNA's commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG's global "Shaping Future Transportation" initiative. The initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the utilization of clean, efficient drive systems and alternative fuels.
"Daimler Trucks North America has long been committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel efficiency through the development of clean drive systems and alternative fuel technologies," said Martin Daum, President and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. "Through strategic partnerships with the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DTNA is committed to producing clean, fuel efficient, and environmentally sustainable solutions for the North American market."
"The Mount Holly Manufacturing facility is a wonderful example of the truck demand that is ramping up across all DTNA facilities. In 2011 the facility more than tripled its production rate and is continuing to experience strong demand," said Roger Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer, DTNA. "President Barack Obama's visit to the facilities is an honor that underscores our commitment to growing and sustaining employment in North Carolina."
About Daimler Trucks North America Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, OR, is the leading medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.