LOUISVILLE, Ky. – March 25, 2010 – Freightliner Trucks today announced that Gina Angsten has been named the newest driver in its Slice of Life program. Angsten was selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to take part in “Slice of Life Season 2: Reloaded for 2010.”
Due to the success of the first year, Freightliner Trucks extended the program into a second season, and launched a nationwide search for a new participant. The program provides owner-operators a “Slice of Life” in a Freightliner Cascadia™, the sleekest, roomiest and most aerodynamic truck on the road today.
Angsten and the original Slice of Life drivers – Henry Albert, Kurt Grote and Dick McCorkle – will experience new technology, new trucks and participate in different adventures in Season 2 of the program. Angsten will also blog about her experiences on the road via www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.
“I think it’s great that Freightliner Trucks wants to have real-life drivers put the truck out there on the road, actually working and giving them real-world results,” said Angsten. “Not enough companies do that, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Angsten’s new 2010 Cascadia will be equipped with the 2010 Detroit Diesel DD15™ engine, equipped with BlueTec® SCR Emissions technology and Detroit Diesel’s exclusive 1-Box™ configuration.
“I test drove a Cascadia last year at the Mid-America Trucking Show and I was really impressed,” said Angsten. “My brief experience with the truck is why I decided to enter for the Slice of Life opportunity – and I was extremely surprised to hear that I’d been selected for the program.”
Angsten notes that she has followed the blogs on www.SliceofTruckerLife.com and is looking forward to meeting the three original participants.
“Gina is a great addition to the Slice of Life program,” said Melissa Clausen, product marketing director for Freightliner Trucks. “Her enthusiasm for the industry and her excitement to experience something new truly made her stand out among all of the applicants.”
Life on the Road
Angsten, who is from St. Joseph, Mo., has been a driver for almost 17 years. After getting her start in Denver with a small local company, she began driving over-the-road for Westway Express, where she traveled through all 48 states. Angsten, who also served as a trainer and dispatcher for Westway, purchased her first truck during this time.
“I just love being a trucker. I like waking up in a different city every day, and I’ve met some really great people while out on the road,” said Angsten. “It’s not a job for me – it’s a lifestyle – so being an owner-operator really suits me.”
Today, Angsten works for Wisconsin-based Duplainville Transport, a Quad/Graphics company. Together with her travel companion She-La – a two-year-old Aussie-doodle – Angsten hauls printed materials “in the box” from Wisconsin to Oklahoma City and all points east.
Angsten will get behind the wheel of her new truck as part of the Slice of Life program in May 2010.
Those interested in meeting all of the Slice of Life Drivers will have the chance at various events, including the 2010 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., March 25-27, 2010 at the Freightliner Trucks booth (#30115). In addition, Kevin Rutherford from ATBS Business and Beyond will host a Q&A Forum with the Slice of Life participants on Friday, March 26 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
For more information about the program, upcoming appearances, podcasts and blogs from the participants, to directly correspond with the drivers, and a complete event schedule, go to www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.