FORT MILL, SC. – Freightliner Trucks recently helped longtime customer John Christner Trucking (JCT) mark its 25th anniversary with a tricked out Freightliner Coronado®. The truck was presented to company founder John Christner during a celebration event at the Tulsa Convention Center in late 2011.
Headquartered in Sapulpa, Okla., JCT is a refrigerated truckload carrier that hauls protein, produce and dairy products for the food industry. The very first truck JCT purchased was a Freightliner Classic. Today, there are more than 330 Freightliner trucks in its fleet.
“Over the last 25 years, Freightliner Trucks has continued to develop the right solutions to fit our changing needs,” said Daniel Christner, vice president and chief operating officer, John Christner Trucking. “They are a partner in every sense of the word and we were thrilled to have Freightliner as part of our anniversary celebration.”
To mark the milestone, executives at JCT worked with Freightliner Trucks and ATC Freightliner in Tulsa, Okla., to develop a specially designed Coronado. The head-turning exterior features a distinctive silver paint job, with a 25-year timeline on the side of the cab. JCT’s signature green and blue diamond logo is showcased on the exhaust, and chrome accents complete the look.
“The strength of our relationship with Freightliner Trucks and ATC Freightliner culminated in the creation of this Coronado,” said Christner. “As they always have, the team worked closely with us every step of the way, and truly exceeded all of our expectations.”
The JCT team also built a 60-foot wide replica of the Freightliner Cascadia® dashboard for the anniversary celebration’s stage. The stage included to-scale gauges, switches and steering column.
“We view the Cascadia the same way we see our company – as an evolution,” said Christner. “The Cascadia is dependable, driver-friendly and comes from a proven legacy, and that’s exactly what our customers expect from John Christner Trucking. With the help of Freightliner products, we continue to meet the demands of our customers at a high level of satisfaction.”
In addition to the new Coronado, the celebration included a surprise presentation to John Christner: Two new motorcycles customized by Orange County Choppers – one modeled after a 1968 White Freightliner truck, the other a sleek, futuristic chopper representing the aerodynamic Cascadia. The build-out of the motorcycles, and the anniversary celebration, will air on the March 5, 2012, episode of American Choppers on the Discovery Channel.
The John Christner 25th anniversary truck will be on display in the Freightliner Trucks historic truck display located in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky. (March 22-24).
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