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Detroit Named ‘Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working City’ for Manufacturing Excellence, Economic Growth

By Daniel Lai

With efforts underway to position Detroit as the premier location for Amazon’s HQ2, the city’s latest accolade sends a clear message to the retail giant: Detroit’s innovation economy is powered by an unrivaled manufacturing workforce.

On Wednesday, Freightliner Trucks awarded the city its “Hardest Working Cities” designation. The award recognizes cities across North America that are fueling economic growth as determined by an exhaustive review of approximately 400 metropolitan census areas across 11 different key economic performance indicators, including unemployment rate, infrastructure investment, and contribution to total gross domestic product.

Detroit was recognized as one of the leading cities in North America for manufacturing employment. It is also among:

  • The top 10 percent of cities for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and light truck and delivery
  • The top 10 percent of cities for number of transportation establishments
  • The top 15 percent of cities for contribution to U.S. gross domestic product
  • The top 20 percent of cities for construction employment

“The city of Detroit is near and dear to Freightliner because of the legendary Detroit engines and drivetrains that power our trucks,” said Allan Haggai, marketing communications manager for Freightliner Vocational Trucks.

Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction for the Detroit Regional Chamber, accepted the award on behalf of the business community during an event at Detroit Diesel Corporation.

“The Detroit Regional Chamber proudly accepts this honor and recognition on behalf of the region’s business community. As Freightliner’s ‘Hardest Working City,’ this award celebrates the people and industries powering the Detroit region’s economy and builds on our rich history of driving innovation, developing word-class talent and creating high-quality jobs in order to compete and win in the 21st century global economy,” Robinson said.

Since its inception, the award has recognized 10 cities across North America: Dallas, Des Moines, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Toronto.