CHICAGO Daimler Trucks
North America LLC is investing $120 million to expand
production at its Detroit Diesel Corp. subsidiarys
headquarters in Redford, Mich.
Detroit Diesel expects to hire
an additional 115 workers to make the Detroit DT12 automated
manual transmission and the new asymmetric turbocharger Detroit
DD15 at Redford, according to Daimler Trucks parent Daimler AG.
The Redford plant currently manufactures powertrain aggregates
for the Freightliner Trucks and Western Star Trucks brands.
With the expansion, Portland,
Ore.-based Daimler Trucks said it will become the first
commercial vehicle manufacturer in the North American Free
Trade Agreement region to offer a fully integrated powertrain
from its own production.
"Under the umbrella of our
components brand Detroit Diesel, we combine engines, axles and
transmissions into an efficient, fully integrated powertrain,"
Andreas Renschler, the Daimler AG board member who manages the
Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses divisions, said in a
statement. "We will offer this powertrain portfolio in all our
U.S.-built trucks in the future," he added.
With its localization strategy,
Daimler Trucks can effectively optimize costs, production
processes and quality with its cross-brand modular strategy and
global production network, Renschler said, which will benefit
customers in the end.
"A fully integrated powertrain
from a single source is a decisive competitive advantage,"
Martin Daum, president and chief executive officer of Daimler
Trucks, said in the statement. "That is why we decided in favor
of the Redford location."
Daimler Trucks entire vehicle program in the 2013
model year, which includes long-distance and medium-duty trucks
as well as construction and municipal trucks, is fully
compliant with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys
GHG14 Standard, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by 2014.