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Charlotte Named “Hardest Working City” by Freightliner Trucks 9-18-18

Freightliner Trucks is confirming what residents of the Queen City already know − their city is one of the hardest-working in North America.

The company will honor Charlotte with the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities award at a special presentation at zMAX Dragwayin Concord, N.C. The award will be accepted by City Councilman and Economic Development Chair, James Mitchell, Jr. After the ceremony, attendees will be invited to participate in ride-and-drives on urban and dirt tracks in a Freightliner severe duty or medium duty truck.

A rapidly growing city equates to a lot of hard work – such as road construction projects, building new sky scrapers, public works projects, adding refuse routes, delivering goods and more. There are countless hard working men and women behind the scenes making this growth happen every day in Charlotte. In the days surrounding this event, Freightliner will deliver gifts and food to worksites around the city to thank these workers for their contributions. Three worksites, with a total of approximately 400 employees, will be visited. The City of Charlotte Transportation Department is among the sites to be visited by company representatives. However, the Hardest Working Cities event honors all hard-working employees and companies in the Charlotte region.

For Freightliner, Charlotte has special significance. Freightliner’s parent company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) employs more than 8,000 people in the Carolinas and is one of the largest manufacturers in the region, contributing to its overall growth. Many Freightliner work trucks, trusted on job sites all over North America, were manufactured at the plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina. Additionally, Freightliner work trucks are used throughout the Carolinas to complete critical projects and tasks in the community, such as construction work, garbage routes, utility work, pick-up and delivery services, and much more. Freightliner is proud of its presence in the Carolinas, both to help make Charlotte a Hardest Working City, and to benefit from the contributions, productivity and work ethic of its residents.

Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities are selected in no particular order, and Charlotte is the 12th city to be saluted. In the selection of the award-winning cities,approximately 400 metropolitan census areas in the United States and Canada were reviewed in 11 data categories, including impact on overall gross domestic product (GDP), growth in employment, heavy/tractor trailer truck drivers and light truck/delivery drivers, number of transportation establishments and number of jobs in key industry sectors, such as construction, manufacturing, and logistics.

Based on this research, Charlotte is among:

• The top 10 cities for growth in total employment
• The top 15 cities for percentage of contribution to U.S. GDP
• The top 5 percent of cities for heavy/tractor trailer truck drivers and light truck/delivery drivers
• The top 10 percent of cities for construction employment

To learn more about the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities award, visit

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Caitlin Ryan

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