Portlandia—Land of. . .Trucks?
When I think of Portland, I think of this I don’t think of this Yes, that’s a truck.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Gardner Business Media, Inc.
When I think of Portland, I think of this
I don’t think of this
Yes, that’s a truck. A Freightliner.
And it turns out that Freightliner Corp. began manufacturing trucks in Portland back in the 1940s.
That’s right: truck manufacturing in Portland. Heavy-duty trucks, no less.
In 1981, Daimler bought Freightliner.
A couple weeks ago, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) started construction on a new $150-million headquarters in Portland.
In addition to Freightliner, DTNA also owns Western Star and Thomas Built buses.
Seems like there’s a whole lot more to Portland than coffee, microbreweries, and tragically hip people.