Freightliner Trucks Delivers 50,000th New Cascadia

Freightliner Trucks today marked the delivery of the 50,000th new Cascadia® since its start of production in January 2017.

From left to right: Freightliner Trucks District Manager Kirk Gavaghan hands over the keys to the first new Cascadia to President of Catawba Rental Company Danny Abernathy and President of Cargo Transporters Dennis Dellinger at their headquarters in Claremont, NC. Catawba Rental Company and Cargo Transporters are sister companies.

Fuel-efficient components such as the integrated Detroit™ powertrain, driver experience improvements inside and out, together with the proprietary Detroit Assurance® suite of safety systems and powerful vehicle performance telematics from Detroit Connect have helped propel customer acceptance of the new Cascadia. Demand for the new Cascadia, coupled with strong market conditions, have contributed to Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) ongoing market leadership position.

“Our goal was to develop a truck with our customers in mind and provide them with the very best in fuel efficiency, safety and driver-focused features,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “We want to sincerely thank all of our customers for the continued trust and partnership, and we could have never reached this significant milestone without them.” 

From left to right: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tours the DTNA Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant (CTMP) with DTNA Senior Vice President of Operations and Specialty Vehicles Jeff Allen and CTMP Manager Erik Johnson

By combining the global engineering expertise of parent company Daimler AG, hundreds of hours of testing in DTNA’s state-of-the-art research and development facilities and millions of miles of on-highway testing, Freightliner designed the new Cascadia, its most technologically advanced and aerodynamic truck.

Claremont, N.C.-based Cargo Transporters recently added 128 new Cascadia trucks to its fleet. This week, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited DTNA’s truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, N.C., to discuss local employment, DTNA’s footprint in the state and Cargo Transporters’ new Cascadia trucks with executives from both companies. More than 6,500 people work at DTNA facilities in North Carolina, and Cargo Transporters employs more than 700 in the state.

From left to right: DTNA Senior Vice President of Operations and Specialty Vehicles Jeff Allen, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, DTNA CEO Roger Nielsen, Freightliner Trucks Vice President of Sales Bob Correll, Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant Manager Erik Johnson and Chairman of Cargo Transporters John Pope

“For more than 40 years, we’ve had the privilege of purchasing trucks from Freightliner. Knowing that we are getting a superior product and at the same time employing hardworking North Carolinians is very important to us,” said John R. Pope, chairman, Cargo Transporters. “We have a true partnership with Freightliner Trucks and know we can call upon one another when needed.”

The Cargo Transporters team worked closely with the North Carolina-based West Carolina Freightliner dealership to spec the right solution for its interstate and intrastate truckload and drive van delivery business. Cargo Transporters currently operates more than 550 Freightliner trucks produced by the Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant.

Noted Dennis Dellinger, president, Cargo Transporters: “The collaborative process with West Carolina Freightliner together with its proven performance made adding new Cascadias to our fleet an easy decision. Our drivers like how the truck is loaded with interior and technological updates that make their time on the road and off more comfortable, and we appreciate the performance and productivity advantages we’ve already seen with the new Cascadia.”

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About Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5–8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

About Cargo Transporters

Cargo Transporters is a dry van, truckload carrier operating 525 trucks serving the continental US. Based in North Carolina, the company operates terminals in Claremont, Charlotte and Rocky Mount. The company employs over 700 people, most in North Carolina. More can be found about the company at