Driver Mike Darras is pictured with his new ride, the 25,000th Freightliner Schneider National has received.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Schneider National this week took delivery of its 25,000th Freightliner truck, which was specially decorated to mark the milestone.
The company’s newest Freightliner was decked out with all the latest options and driver features. Schneider says it has been buying Freightliners for 15 years, beginning with cabover tractors in 1998.
“Today we are pleased to congratulate Schneider for their achievement welcoming their 25,000th truck,” said Mark Lampert, senior vice-president, Daimler Trucks North America. “Freightliner and Schneider have a long history of collaboration based on a commitment to delivering innovations that are built to last.”
Rob Reich, vice-president of maintenance and driver recruitment for Schneider National, agreed that the Freightliner/Schneider relationship is unique. “Freightliner continues to be our provider of choice because of their consistent performance,” states Reich. “Our decision to buy from Freightliner 15 years ago was driven by the need to work with a manufacturer that was as committed to innovation, driver comfort, safety and fuel economy as we are.”
The 25,000th Freightliner is painted with the company’s trademark orange colour and carries special decals celebrating the milestone.
It will be driven by Michael Darras, who has been driving for Schneider for 23 years, accumulating 3.3 million miles and more than 20 consecutive years without a preventable accident.
“The first thing I thought when I saw the truck was, ‘Wow,’” said Darras. “You can tell it got extra special treatment in production! It has so much more chrome than the other trucks I’ve had. I can already tell that it drives great and is very quiet.”
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