PORTLAND, ORE. - Oct. 2, 2008 - Freightliner Trucks has provided three owner-operators a "Slice of Life" - a 2009 Freightliner® Cascadia™ for one year. The program allows the truckers to experience firsthand the Cascadia’s enhanced aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, roomy cab and quiet ride. Throughout the course of the 12-month program, the drivers will blog about their real world experiences on the road via www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.
Each Cascadia is equipped with the revolutionary Detroit Diesel DD15™ engine, which is designed to optimize fuel efficiency and is the industry leader in power and performance for heavy-duty applications.
“The Cascadia and DD15 pairing results in an extremely fuel efficient on-highway commercial vehicle that will positively impact bottom lines," said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Through this unique program, we are pleased to help these owner-operators meet their business needs while they test out the Cascadia in their day-to-day lives."
About the Participants
Participating in the Slice of Life program are: Henry Albert, 44, the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, N.C.; Dick McCorkle, 63, who works for Perkins Specialized Transportation in Noblesville, Ind.; and Kurt Grote, 49, who works for John Christner Trucking in Sapulpa, Okla.
Albert, who currently drives a 2001 Freightliner Century Class® S/T, said he is looking forward to using the new Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer.
Albert, recognized by Overdrive magazine as the 2007 Trucker of the Year, has been a trucker for 24 years.
“I am honored that Freightliner chose me to participate in this project," Albert said. “I’m really looking forward to experiencing just how fuel efficient we can get these trucks to operate. I also am anxious to drive the Cascadia because of how quiet it will be."
Dick McCorkle, who currently drives a 2000 International Eagle, has been a driver for 44 years. He currently is a leased on owner-operator for Perkins, and typically transports furniture and store fixtures throughout the southwestern United States, but he has hauled freight to all 48 contiguous states.
McCorkle was named the 2001 Indiana Motor Truck Association’s Driver of the Year and recently won a sportsmanship award in the Indiana truck rodeo championships, in which he has competed for 42 years.
"I’m can’t wait to see directly how fuel efficient this truck is," McCorkle said. “It blew me away with its aerodynamics. I’m also looking forward to the power and performance of the DD15 engine."
Kurt Grote, who hauls refrigerated products to all 48 states and Canada, has been a driver since 1992. Grote, who currently drives a 2006 Kenworth W900, is a leased on owner-operator with John Christner Trucking, based in Sapulpa, Okla.
“I’ve heard that the Cascadia is very quiet and roomy, which I’m really looking forward to," Grote said. “I’ve been reading about what I can expect, and I am excited to test out the truck’s aerodynamic benefits."
Grote said he was very pleased to be chosen to participate in this program because his business is a top priority.
“As an owner-operator, the bottom-line is very important to me," Grote said. “I am very honored to be in this program because it’s what every driver dreams about."
Added Clausen, “We’re looking forward to the drivers getting behind the wheel and experiencing the outstanding features and benefits of the Cascadia and DD15, while also sharing their thoughts about the truck and engine on a blog."
Program Launched in August
The Slice of Life program kicked off at the Cleveland, N.C., Freightliner Trucks plant on August 19, where the owner-operators were presented with their new Cascadia trucks and given a VIP tour of the truck plant.
"'The Slice of Life trucks are already generating significant interest among other truckers who want to know more about what it is Kurt, Dick and Henry are a part of,?said Jamie Cabrera, manager, owner-operator product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “We are excited to have launched a program that allows owner-operators to share their first-person Cascadia experiences."
Those interested in meeting the drivers and their trucks will have the chance at various events, including the 2009 Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky., March 19-21, 2009 at the Freightliner Trucks booth.
For more information about the program and a complete event schedule, go to www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.