Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Breaks Ground on New Service Center

*Groundbreaking event held in conjunction with company’s 10-year anniversary

*FCCC also announces 100 additional jobs by the end of 2005


GAFFNEY, S.C. … Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) today marked the start of construction on a new service center here. Dedicated to providing service and training for FCCC products, the facility is being built in conjunction with Spartanburg Technical College and will also offer new educational and career opportunities to the citizens of Cherokee County. A groundbreaking ceremony held today was attended by government leaders, Spartanburg Technical College officials, FCCC executives and guests. The new service center is scheduled to open in January of 2006. It will be located off Interstate 85 and Highway 11, making it convenient for customers to visit. The groundbreaking event comes at a time when FCCC is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Over the years, FCCC has heavily invested in South Carolina and Cherokee County. FCCC purchases from South Carolina suppliers have exceeded $200 million over the past 10 years. Since its founding in 1995, FCCC has grown from a 200-employee operation to more than 900 currently. An additional 100 jobs will be added by year’s end. The new employees will include 14 engineers, many coming from the South Carolina University System.

To help maintain its position as the industry leader, FCCC has designed a state-of-the-art facility that will help the company increase its responsiveness to customer needs while providing a specialized training facility. The new 12,000-square-foot facility will have six service bays to accommodate more customers and minimize waiting periods. Parking for 12-15 motor homes will be available for overnight customers and other amenities will include water and sewer capabilities and Internet access for travelers with laptops. FCCC will provide transportation for customers who wish to participate in the factory tours and visit the plant.

“This new facility underscores our leadership in the chassis business and our strong and still growing presence in the Gaffney/Spartanburg area,” said Reid Bigland, President of FCCC. “Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation has achieved great things over our first ten years, but the best is yet to come.”

“We are pleased to join with Spartanburg Technical College in support of the vital plan to bring education and training to the residents of Cherokee County,” said Jack Conlan, Senior Vice President of Customer Support of The Freightliner Group.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) manufactures premium chassis for the motor home, delivery walk-in van, school bus and shuttle bus markets. FCCC is a member of The Freightliner Group, North America’s leading commercial vehicles manufacturer. The Freightliner Group produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates and is a unit of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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