Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) commemorated the production of the 750,000th vehicle built at its Mt. Holly truck manufacturing plant. Keys to the milestone vehicle – a Freightliner M2 106 Plus – were presented to representatives from Penske Truck Leasing during a ceremony at the facility.
Freightliner Trucks opened the Mt. Holly truck plant in May 1979. It began by building a variety of heavy-duty Freightliner trucks for over-the-road applications. In 1991, it started producing the original Business Class trucks, progenitor to the Business Class M2 line introduced in 2002, and the Plus series line introduced in 2022. The changeover from legacy M2 and SD product lines is ongoing, according to the company, and the plant will continue to ramp output of the Plus series. Mt. Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant currently employs 1,800 people.
The enhanced Plus series includes the M2 106 Plus, M2 112 Plus, 108SD Plus, and 114SD Plus. Plus series interiors feature improved ergonomics and increased storage, while its new electrical architecture gives customers access to the industry-leading Detroit Assurance with the ABA 5 suite of safety systems and the QuickFit Electrical System, the company notes.