Effective Jan. 7, Freightliner LLC became Daimler Trucks North America LLC, better reflecting its ownership by Daimler AG of Germany, which itself was renamed following DaimlerChrysler's sale of Chrysler to investors here. Daimler Trucks NA will continue to manufacture and market medium- and heavy duty Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star trucks, as well as Freightliner Custom Chassis for walk-in vans and Thomas Built school buses.
The new name also better describes the increasingly integrated operations of Freightliner and its sister companies around the world, the company said in a statement. They include the combined development and manufacturing of commercial truck engines by Detroit Diesel in the U.S. and Mercedes-Benz in Germany, Japan and South America. The company meanwhile announced it will move several "customer-facing" operations from its Portland, Ore., headquarters to South Carolina. The majority of the 341 employees affected will be transferred by early this summer.
The headquarters and its 2,200 employees will stay in Portland, as will the Western Star truck plant with its 922 jobs. Sterling trucks will continue to be built in St. Thomas, Ont.