Freightliner Trucks today presented USA Truck with its 5,000th Freightliner tractor. The delivery was celebrated during a special ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Van Buren, Ark.
USA Truck’s 5,000th Freightliner truck is a Cascadia 125-inch sleeper equipped with a Detroit DD15 TC engine. The truck features decals on the driver’s door that not only mark the milestone, but also commemorates the long-term relationship between the two companies with the words, “Strong Relationships Last a Lifetime.”
“Freightliner Trucks has a reputation for building a quality product that is reliable and performs well for both drivers and the technicians servicing the equipment,” said Burton Weis, Vice President, Human Resources for USA Truck. “Our relationship with Freightliner spans more than 25 years and is a testament to our business’ understanding of each other’s needs.”
USA Truck, a dry van truckload carrier celebrating its 30th year in business, first partnered with Freightliner Trucks in 1988, when it purchased its first Freightliner model. Since then, USA Truck has added more than 5,000 Freightliner trucks to its fleet.
“Our 5,000th truck is one of several hundred vehicles that we will take possession of as we continue to modernize to maintain a young and efficient fleet,” said Weis.
Added Chris Lampert, North Central region general manager for Freightliner Trucks: “We are proud of our history with USA Truck, and look forward to continuing to provide them with leading-edge solutions. The 5,000th Freightliner is an important milestone for both companies, and we are pleased to celebrate this achievement.”
The 5,000th truck will be driven by longtime USA Truck driver Eddie Wilson. Wilson, a 28-year USA Truck employee, is a Gold Member of the company’s President’s Million Mile Club with more than 3 million safe driving miles.
“Mr. Wilson is an advocate for our company as well as our industry, and we are proud to honor him at this event,” said Weis.