Last week, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) presented the freight carrier U.S. Xpress with its 50,000th Freightliner truck. Martin Daum, President and CEO of DTNA, and Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at DTNA, handed over the vehicle to Max Fuller, co-Chairman of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, during a special ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“We are proud of the long-term relationship between U.S. Xpress and Freightliner Trucks, and look forward to continuing to provide them with the most productive and reliable trucks available on the market,” said Daum.
U.S. Xpress’ 50,000th Freightliner-truck is a heavy-duty Cascadia equipped with a 72-inch (1.80-meter) raised roof and a Detroit Diesel DD15 engine. Fuller emphasized the importance of Freightliner for his company, stating that “Freightliner has been integral to our expansion. We like dealing with the best-in-class for everything, and the products and management of Freightliner Trucks fit that charge.”
In 1974, when he was put in charge of purchasing for Southwest Motor Freight, Fuller bought his very first Freightliner truck. “We had no commonalities in our trucks, and the oil embargo really drove fuel prices sky high in the 1970s,” said Fuller. “We bought about 150 Freightliner trucks in our very first order, which was almost half of the Southwest Motor Freight fleet at the time. The new equipment, good fuel economy, and consistent specs helped solve a lot of issues in our fast-growing company.”
After Fuller and fellow co-Chairman Patrick Quinn launched U.S. Xpress in 1985, their new company quickly grew, resulting in the purchase of 3,000 to 4,000 trucks a year. Freightliner and U.S. Xpress would establish a strong working relationship in the carrier’s early days – highlighted by Fuller providing Freightliner with a 12-year exclusive agreement that began in the late 1980s. Today, U.S. Xpress is the nation’s third-largest privately-owned truckload carrier, providing dedicated, regional, and expedited team truckload services throughout North America.
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, which has its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, is the leading manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles and is a company of Daimler, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
Source: Daimler AG