DETROIT, Mich. – Detroit Diesel Corporation has a lot to celebrate today, as it marks the production of its 250,000th DD series engine and its one-millionth axle.
The DD series heavy-duty engine was the largest investment made in product development by an engine manufacturer because the platform features more than 90% of globally shared parts.
“When we unveiled our new heavy-duty engine platform in 2007, we anticipated our customers would benefit from greater efficiency and uptime,” said Brad Williamson, manager, engine and component marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “The achievements of our engines – most recently combining with the Cascadia Evolution to deliver a 7% improvement in fuel economy – have exceeded expectations.”
The company also celebrated the production of its millionth axle.
“The production of our one millionth Detroit axle is an achievement for all of our employees,” said Jeff Allen, head of Redford plant operations for Detroit.
The company has been producing axles in Redford, Mich. since 2003 and has recently revealed new rear axles, a 6×2 configuration that boasts a 2.28 ratio. All axles are available in a variety of ratio options and work with all braking systems offered by Daimler.
The company also held its Employee Appreciation Day today at the Redford plant where 2,200 Detroit employees were recognized.
“Our Employee Appreciation Day celebrates the hard work and dedication of our employees, who are the heart of what makes our products and our company successful,” said Allen.