Freightliner Trucks and Sterling Trucks to Host Body Builder Summits at Work Truck Show

Aimed at customers in the medium-duty market, the summits will answer questions regarding body installations and new 2007 engines

ATLANTA, GEORGIA…In a continued effort to update customers and answer questions regarding body installations with the new 2007 engines, Freightliner LLC will hold its second round of Body Builder Summits during the Work Truck Show, March 1-3 here.

Freightliner’s Body Builder Summit II will feature two sessions: Wednesday, March 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. in room B310, will focus on Sterling Trucks’ medium-duty products; and Wednesday, March 1 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in room B401 will cover the Freightliner Trucks medium-duty line-up. Both sessions are held at the Work Truck Show, an annual gathering of the medium duty truck industry sponsored by the National Truck Equipment Association.

Body Builder Summit II is the next step in Freightliner LLC’s ongoing dialogue with medium-duty customers. During the past year, the company has met face to face with body builders and end users at summits and round-tables across the country, and at its headquarters in Portland, Ore. The upcoming summit will answer many of the questions posed by customers in previous sessions, and will explain how Freightliner has addressed the technical challenges involved with EPA ’07.

Steve Morelli, EPA ’07 Sales and Marketing Manager for Freightliner LLC, said one of the main concerns of body builders is how to adapt truck bodies with the new exhaust after-treatment system that will be used on the ‘07 engines. The after-treatment system replaces the muffler assembly in the exhaust system. It features a metal canister containing a filter system that burns soot and filters out particulate matter.

“Because of EPA ’07 mandates, the exhaust system is certified as it leaves the factory and therefore it cannot be as readily modified as it has in the past,” Morelli said. He noted that previously, body builders would often modify the exhaust system to meet the requirements of their body installation.

Larry Dutko, EPA ’07 General Manager for Freightliner LLC added, “Given the new guidelines, these meetings are an excellent forum for our customers to review our proposed solutions, as well as allow them to provide further input on how we can best accommodate their needs,” he said.

Body Builder Summit II is open to all NTEA World Trucks Show attendees. Morelli says Freightliner LLC will hand out contact information at the session and encourage customers to stay involved.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Sterling Truck Corporation, based in Redford, Mich., produces heavy- and medium-duty custom work trucks for regional hauling and diverse vocational applications. Sterling is a division of Freightliner LLC. Freightliner LLC is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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