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Detroit Diesel 85 Anniversary

Detroit commemorates 85th anniversary

Sept. 25, 2023
The manufacturer recently celebrated its 85th anniversary at its Redford Campus in Michigan

Detroit recently marked its 85th anniversary, an event which the Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) subsidiary celebrated at its Redford Campus on Sept. 20.

“Detroit is extremely proud of our rich 85-year history in the transportation industry,” said Matt Pfaffenbach, Detroit plant manager. “Our remarkable milestones and success are attributed to loyal customers who drive our Detroit products on the road each and every day. This level of success only becomes possible with dedicated employees who design, build and deliver our industry-leading products. They have shaped our past and will play a key role in forging our future path.”

Founded in 1938 as part of General Motors, GM Diesel Division, Detroit has expanded its product line to encompass more than engines for heavy- and medium-duty trucks, including automated manual transmission, axles, battery-electric components for zero-emission vehicles, and cutting-edge technologies for enhanced connectivity and safety.

To date, Detroit has produced 1.1 million heavy-duty engines (DD13, DD15, DD16) and employs nearly 3,000 Daimler Truck employees. It has also partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program, with the Redford campus achieving SEP 50001+ platinum level status. Daimler Truck North America, DTE Energy, and the state of Michigan also recently announced partnering to build a federally funded charging hub located next to the Redford campus.

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