The Big Apple is set to receive an award next month celebrating the hard work of men and women throughout the city.
New York City will be the first metropolis this year to receive the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities award, which honors cities promoting community growth and innovation.
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Since launching last year, Freightliner Trucks — a leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America — has given six cities the award, including Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto and Dallas.
“They don’t call us the city that never sleeps for no reason. We’re the largest regional economy in the country, we employ more than 230,000 in manufacturing jobs, and are in one of the biggest building booms of our generation,” said Ken McCullough, northeast general manager for Freightliner Trucks. “It’s no surprise New York City made the ‘Hardest Working Cities’ list and we’re excited to celebrate the hard work happening in our city.”
New York City will formally be given the award during a noon presentation on April 21 in Queens at Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
Before the award presentation, Freightliner is expected to also make surprise gift and food deliveries to job sites around the city to thank workers for their hard work. Previously, the manufacturer— which has thanked over 800 workers so far — visited sites such as major road construction projects, public work garages and landfills.
The award program was started after data showed the relationship between investments made in work trucks and booming economies. Freightliner recognized the vital role severe duty and medium duty trucks — and those who operate them — play in such economies.
To decide the “Hardest Working Cities,” Freightliner Trucks reviewed about 400 metropolitan census areas in the United States and Canada in 11 different data categories.
The categories include impact on overall gross domestic product; growth in employment, and the number of jobs in key industry sectors, such as construction, manufacturing and logistics.
“We’re excited to honor four more ‘Hardest Working Cities’ this year, kicking-off with New York City, because it’s clear successful economies count on work trucks, and the men and women who operate them, for essential jobs such as building highways, delivering construction materials, plowing snow and hauling refuse,” said Allan Haggai, marketing communications manager for Freightliner Trucks. “Hard work matters and it should be celebrated.”