Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Joins with Spartanburg Technical College for New Program and Campus

GAFFNEY, S.C….Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation has joined with Spartanburg Technical College, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to develop a specialized motorhome technician training program. The goal of the program is to elevate the level of knowledge and skills of technicians working on motorhome chassis at Freightliner dealerships and RV service centers across the United States and Canada. Dave Hoover, Manager of Customer Service at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation said, “Technicians specialized in servicing and repairing motorhome chassis will be able to better meet our customers’ needs, helping to enhance their RV ownership experience.”

The new program will focus on training technicians in all areas of motorhome service preparation for ASE certification. After students have completed the program, they will have the opportunity to participate in internships through the Freightliner dealer network. FCCC will assist in the placement of students in RV dealerships and RV service centers. “Students will have a great opportunity for jobs right out of school and dealerships will have mechanics who are specialized in working on Freightliner motorhome chassis,” said Hoover. “It’s a win-win situation.”

In addition to the new program, FCCC and Spartanburg Technical College are working together to build another branch of the technical college where students will receive on-the-job training. The campus, scheduled to open in mid-2004, will be built in Gaffney, South Carolina, and will also become the new home of FCCC’s Factory Service Center. This joint location of facilities will provide students with hands-on access to the most current diesel chassis technology. “FCCC is the only manufacturer in the RV industry to develop a program of this kind,” said Hoover.

More than 500 residents of Cherokee County already commute to Spartanburg to attend classes, and with the construction of the new campus, many of the residents will benefit from the closer location. The new campus will also open up opportunities for area businesses to send employees to receive additional training or pursue further education without leaving the county. Bob Isenhower, Vice President for Planning at Spartanburg Technical College, believes that “the new facility will make the county more attractive to current and future businesses.”

“We think this is the start of something exciting for Cherokee County,” said Isenhower. “Everyone in Cherokee County and at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation has been enthusiastic, and we look forward to a great relationship with FCCC.”

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, school bus and shuttle bus markets. It is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, and Thomas Built Buses and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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