Daimler Financial Services Americas Strengthens Commitment to Metro Detroit Community

Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:41pm EST

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Daimler Financial Services Americas Strengthens Commitment to Metro Detroit
Community
* Keeps 400 jobs in Oakland County

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Daimler
Financial Services Americas, which is comprised of Mercedes-Benz Financial and
Daimler Truck Financial, reinforced its commitment to the Southeast Michigan
region today. In addition to keeping the company headquarters here as a result
of the DaimlerChrysler de-merger, the company has already created new jobs and
will be relocating other employees from a Chicago location to Farmington
Hills.
    (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071214/CLF050 )
    As a further sign of strengthening and supporting the local community, the
company surprised the leadership of Forgotten Harvest by presenting a check
for $100,000 to the food rescue agency's capital fund campaign. The mission of
Forgotten Harvest is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community
by rescuing surplus prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency
food providers.
    Also, hundreds of pounds of food collected by Daimler Financial Services'
employees during a food drive were presented to Forgotten Harvest and loaded
onto the agency's trucks. Earlier this year, Daimler Financial donated three
brand new Freightliner and Sterling trucks to Forgotten Harvest's growing
fleet.
    Klaus Entenmann, President & CEO, Daimler Financial Services Americas,
along with employees, made the presentations to Susan Goodell, Executive
Director, Forgotten Harvest.
    "At Daimler Financial Services Americas, our commitment to the region is
clear - we believe in the long-term potential of Michigan and want to
facilitate job growth in the area as well as strengthening the community in
which we live," Entenmann said. "All of us believe in the mission of Forgotten
Harvest and support Forgotten Harvest as they work hard on a daily basis to
feed the hungry in Metro Detroit."
    Goodell, who was expecting only the donation of food from the company, was
ecstatic in accepting the unexpected monetary donation.
    "This is an extraordinary act of kindness from the employees of Daimler
Financial Services who have been a powerhouse supporter of Forgotten Harvest
over the last few years and have donated trucks, volunteers and leadership,"
she said. "This donation will go toward our capital campaign fund and
represents a significant step toward achieving the $3.6 million which will
enable us to improve our service to those in need across Metro Detroit."
    About Forgotten Harvest
    Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and
waste.  Forgotten Harvest currently rescues over 8.5 million pounds of food
per year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from a variety of
sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants,
caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other Health
Department-approved sources.  This donated food, which would otherwise go to
waste, is delivered absolutely free of charge to 135 emergency food providers
in the metro Detroit area.  The individuals and families served are as diverse
as the community's residents - young and old, from all races and faiths. The
common bond uniting them with each other and with Forgotten Harvest is hunger.
    About Daimler Financial Services Americas (DCFS USA LLC)
    Daimler Financial Services Americas (DCFS USA LLC) provides brand-specific
financing for Mercedes-Benz automotive dealers' inventories and their retail
customers, and conducts business in the United States luxury car market as
Mercedes-Benz Financial. In the U.S. trucking industry, Daimler Financial
Services Americas conducts business as Daimler Truck Financial and finances
Daimler commercial vehicle products such as Freightliner, Sterling and Western
Star for dealers and their customers in the fleet, vocational, municipal and
owner/operator segments. Daimler Financial Services Americas serves as the
headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina
and Brazil, and has approximately 1,600 employees. Daimler Financial Services
Americas is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered
in Berlin, Germany, which operates in nearly 40 countries with an employee
base of close to 6,800.  Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading
financial services organizations worldwide.
SOURCE  Daimler Financial Services Americas

Jack Ferry of Daimler Financial Services Americas, Office +1-248-991-6610,
Cell +1-248-761-3233, john.r.ferry@daimler.com, or Monica Louma of Forgotten
Harvest, +1-248-967-1500 ext 102, mluoma@forgottenharvest.org
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