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(as Freightliner Inc)
|Headquarters||Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|Roger M. Nielsen, President, CEO|
John O'Leary, CFO
|Products||Commercial Vehicles, Luxury vehicles|
|Owner||Daimler AG (since 1981)|
|Parent||Daimler Trucks North America|
History[change | change source]
In line with the company name, during the 1930s, Freightways Manufacturing began to brand its truck production under the "Freightliner" name. In addition to their shorter length, the trucks underwent weight reduction to maximize use of engine power (needed to climb mountain grades in the western United States).
In 1942 the company was founded and Leland James renamed it to Freightliner Corporation. As part of the launch, the company debuted the first truck with an all-aluminium cab. Shifting to military production during World War II, Freightliner resumed truck production in 1947. In 1949, Freightliner sold its first vehicle outside of CF (to Portland-based forklift manufacturer hyster. The vehicle is preserved in the Smithsonian collection in Washington, D.C.
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