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April 24, 2015 8:42 PM ET


Company Overview of Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Company Overview

Daimler Trucks North America LLC manufactures and markets medium and heavy duty trucks in North America and internationally. The company offers heavy-duty diesel engines, axles, transmissions, safety systems, and telematics products for the commercial transportation industry in the on-highway and vocational market; chassis for motorhomes, school and shuttle buses, and walk-in delivery vans; and on-highway, medium duty, severe duty, alternative power, and components for commercial vehicle applications. It also provides used trucks through its network of retail locations in the United States and Canada; light and medium duty buses for schools, childcare centers, activity centers, transit appli...

4747 Channel Avenue

Portland, OR 97217

United States

Founded in 1942





Key Executives for Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 54
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, Head of Finance & Controlling Business and Product Planning - Daimler Trucks & Buses
Age: 57
Senior Vice President of Aftermarket
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC Key Developments

Daimler Trucks North America Names Henning O. Bruns as General Manager for Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant

Henning O. Bruns has been named as general manager for the Daimler Trucks North America truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, NC. He will assume his new role on May 1. Bruns joined Daimler in 1991 and has worked in operations functions in passenger car (Bremen, Germany and Tuscaloosa, AL), as well as in trucks (Sao Bernardo, Brazil and Mannheim, Germany). From 2001 until 2006 Bruns was responsible for several truck launches as product line manager for Mercedes-Benz Atego and Axor trucks. In 2007 Bruns was appointed general manager and vice president of operations for Detroit Diesel Corporation, a position he held until 2012.

Daimler Trucks Announces Earnings and Operating Results for the Year 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Fiscal 2015

Daimler Trucks announced earnings and operating results for the year 2014. The company posted an impressive increase in earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) during the year 2014 of 18% year on year to EUR 2.07 billion (USD 2.34 billion), while Daimler Trucks' return on sales rose from 5.6% in 2013 to 6.4% in 2014. The company posted sales of 496,000 units in 2014, a rise of 2% year on year. The company is confident of hitting its corporate sales target of 500,000 units per annum by 2015, after narrowly missing out on the target in 2014. The company announced that it expected a "significant increase in sales and profit" in 2015. The company stated long-term annual sales goal standing at 700,000 units by 2020 and a medium-term return on sales target of 8% year on year.

Six Workers Settles Complaints over Racial Threats, Slurs at Daimler Trucks North America's Portland Plant for $2.4 Million

Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company's Portland plant. Brad Avakian, commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, announced the deal on January 29, 2015. Commissioner's office announced that the monetary settlement is easily the in the history of the agency's Civil Rights Division. The investigation began last year and included interviews with 60 current and former employees. The complaints against the company included an allegation that an employee threatened a black worker with a noose and said he'd drag the man behind a truck. Among other complaints, employees said they were called names such as "boy," ''buckwheat" and the N-word, and the company allowed intimidating graffiti, including a swastika, to remain in the bathroom. Meanwhile, a Native American worker said he faced harassment and his supervisor pushed him against a truck while challenging him to a fight. A black employee who is gay said he was repeatedly harassed because of his race and sexual orientation. Brian Burton, the general counsel for Daimler Trucks North America, announced that the company co-operated with the investigation and is "committed to diversity and inclusion." Five other employees declined to participate in the settlement and plan to take their cases to court. Burton said it is company policy not to comment on pending litigation. The $2.4 million settlement will be split by the six workers, and includes attorney fees and a fund for any future complaints. The employees all agreed to leave the company and never reapply. Besides the monetary settlement, Daimler Trucks agreed to the following measures: Install a civil rights complaint hotline for workers. Require supervisor training. Train at least two managers to conduct internal investigations. Maintain a supervisor logbook for any future incidents.

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