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Portlandia—Land of. . .Trucks?

By: Gary S. Vasilash
5. August 2014

When I think of Portland, I think of this

Portlandia

I don’t think of this

Freightliner

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.

Thomas Built

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