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COO Roger Nielsen of Daimler Trucks North America Visits MFG NC

  • MFG EVP/COO Greg Tilton greets DTNA COO Roger Nielsen as he pulls into the MFG North Carolina parking lot in his Cascadia Tractor.

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  • Joe Wilk, Sr. VP of MFG NC explains processes used in the production of the truck parts manufactured in the plant.

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It’s not every day that the COO of a major concern like Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) pulls into your parking lot for a visit — and even more unusual when he arrives driving an 18-wheeler.

Roger Nielsen is a not a typical COO, and one thing that sets him apart is his extreme enthusiasm for trucks and trucking — not just manufacturing them, but actually driving them. He has a Commercial Driver License, and, in order to maintain it, he must drive a Class 7 or Class 8 Truck at least 2,000 miles per year. Which explains why he arrived for the meeting at MFG NC in July driving a Freightliner Cascadia Day-Cab Tractor (with Daimler’s high performance Blu-Tec Engine). During his day-long tour of the facility, Mr. Nielsen observed the production of Freightliner M2 106” hood outers using MFG’s exclusive PRIME process. Once produced, the moldings were then converted into fully assembled hoods to be used on Freightliner business class trucks. He also had an opportunity to watch the production of Cascadia roof assemblies using highly automated production technologies.

According to Duane Engle, MFG’s account manager for heavy truck manufacturing, Roger Nielsen is responsible for the entire Daimler Trucks North America manufacturing network, as well as all levels of operations in Quality, Supplier Management, Logistics, and Customer Application Engineering. In addition, he oversees Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and DTNA’s continuous improvement programs.