Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Receives ‘Celebration of Environmental Success’ Award

Company Recognized for Participating in State-Funded Job Training Program

GAFFNEY, S.C.–Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) was recognized today by the Gaffney Vocational Rehabilitation Center, a service of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, for its efforts working with the center’s job readiness program. The state department serves people who want to work but are hindered from doing so because of a physical or mental disability.

The center awarded FCCC the “Celebration of Environmental Success” award because of FCCC’s commitment to the community and the environment.

“Not only is FCCC helping to train individuals so they learn skills necessary to be hired, but the company also is improving the environment by allowing these individuals to help separate and bail plastics as part of FCCC’s recycling program,” said De Cole Gallman, Work Training Center manager. “FCCC has been an outstanding partner to our agency and to our community.”

FCCC began working with the training center in July. Currently, three participants from the Work Training Center are working with FCCC. They are being trained to separate and bail plastics as part of FCCC’s Zero Waste to Landfill program, a pilot program initiated by Daimler Trucks North America, FCCC’s parent company.

The purpose of the Zero Waste to Landfill program is to reach 100 percent landfill waste-free by 2010. FCCC reduced solid waste to landfill by 58 percent as of September 2008, compared with the same time period in 2007. And for the month of September, the company achieved 94 percent waste-free status.

“Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation is honored to receive this award,” said Bob Harbin, president of FCCC. “We recognize the importance of working with those in our community who need job training to help develop the skills needed to work. We value the work that they do for FCCC and the effort they put into the training. Our partnership with the Work Training Center has been invaluable and has gone a long way in furthering our recycling efforts. We appreciate being able to participate in this vital community program.”

Aside from plastic, the FCCC facility also recycles materials such as paper, aluminum, cardboard, metals, wood and nylon. The company’s commitment to clean air technologies falls in line with Daimler’s global initiative called “Shaping Future Transportation.” Launched by Daimler last November in Stuttgart, Germany, the initiative is focused on reducing category emissions pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption.

In March 2008, the FCCC plant was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise Program for its 2007 waste reduction achievement and was accepted as a WasteWise partner. WasteWise engages government, businesses and non-profit organizations to educate others about the benefits of reducing solid waste.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation manufactures premium chassis for the motor home, delivery walk-in van, and school bus and commercial bus markets. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.

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