Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) rolled off its 100,000th chassis from the company’s Gaffney, S.C., assembly line during a celebration event on Thursday (Oct. 23).
“This is a momentous occasion for us,” said Freightliner President Jack Conlan. “This achievement speaks highly of our quality, our reliability and our customer loyalty.”
The gathering was attended by state and local officials, employees and customers. It featured a parade of Freightliner products, plant tours and other ceremonies.
Freightliner Custom Chassis assembles premium chassis for the diesel-pusher Class A motorhome, walk-in van, school bus and shuttle-bus markets. It is the market share leader in diesel-motorhome and walk-in van chassis.
The facility in South Carolina also assembles the Sprinter van for Freightliner and Dodge, which some RV manufacturers use as a Class B motorhome platform.
The Gaffney plant, which currently employs more than 800 people and has 255,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space, was purchased by Freightliner from Oshkosh Truck Corp. in 1995.
“In 1995, we produced about 3,800 chassis, so it is remarkable the growth we have accomplished in eight years,” Conlon said. “This achievement was made possible by the efforts of our dedicated, professional work force here at the Gaffney facility.”  
According to Dean Schaper, Freightliner Director of Sales & Marketing, “We owe much of our success to the many customers who have worked with us along the way. Our core business philosophy is based upon working with our customers and building a chassis that meets their unique needs.”
Continuous product innovations have enabled Freightliner to realize tremendous growth. Advancements include air disc brakes with ABS for motorhomes, advanced technologies for walk-in vans, alternative fuels for shuttle buses, increased visibility for school buses and a wheel-cut that produces some of the most maneuverable chassis manufactured on the road today.
Freightliner Custom Chassis is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.