Detroit Dieselby Former Senator Carl Levin
Posted on 2013-12-19
LEVIN. Mr. President, 2013 marks a significant milestone for a
dynamic company based in Detroit, MI. It is the 75th anniversary of the
founding of Detroit Diesel. Detroit enjoys a rich automotive heritage
and has been a hub of innovation and manufacturing for generations.
Many companies throughout the State have contributed to this impressive
legacy. One of those companies is Detroit Diesel, and I am proud to
recognize this innovative company here today.
Founded in 1938, Detroit Diesel has emerged as a leader in the heavy- truck engine industry and an important contributor to Michigan's economy. What began as a company focused on producing engines for the Allied Forces in World War II has expanded through the years to include an array of products used in a number of sectors. Detroit Diesel has a well-earned reputation for quality, has championed a number of technological breakthroughs in the manufacturing industry and is a committed community partner. These accomplishments are a tribute to the many hard-working people that make their success possible year after year. And I have witnessed firsthand some of the cutting edge technologies Detroit Diesel has pioneered.
Demand Performance is Detroit Diesel's hallmark, and they have achieved this in their product development and in the community. With a workforce of more than 2,000 in the city of Detroit, Detroit Diesel is a wonderful example of what is possible through cooperation and economic opportunities. This is evident in the announcement last fall of a $120 million capital investment by Detroit Diesel. This investment brings greater hope and new possibilities for the company and the city. It is also evident in their commitment to the community through their many charitable activities focused on helping families, protecting and improving the environment, and assisting various educational endeavors.
During its 75 years of existence, Detroit Diesel has made a significant contribution to Michigan's economy. As a lifelong Detroit resident, I am keenly aware of how business development helps to create and sustain jobs, to stabilize neighborhoods and to build the middle class. I commend Detroit Diesel for their entrepreneurial spirit and for [[Page S9047]] their high quality products. I wish them the best as they continue to forge ahead, create jobs and innovate.