1930 - Leland James, CEO of Consolidated Freightways and a team of engineers design a truck with a cab-over design that revolutionizes the trucking business.
1940 - James partners with several western truck manufacturers and forms Freightways Manufacturing Incorporated.
1942 - The first in-house truck receives the designation of "Freightliner" and Freightways Manufacturing Incorporated changes its name to match.
1950 - Freightliner receives its first order to build trucks for the Hyster Company, effectively putting them on the map. Soon companies from all over the world begin ordering their trucks from Freightliner.
1970 - Freightliner produces over 6,000 vehicles per year.
1981 - Daimler-Benz purchases the Freightliner Corporation.
1995 - First generation Sprinter launches in Europe.
1995 - Oshkosh Custom Chassis in Gaffney, South Carolina becomes Freightliner Custom Chassis, producing the underpinnings for walk-in vans, diesel recreation vehicles, conventional school buses and shuttle buses.
2001 - The Sprinter Cargo and Passenger Van Sprinter models officially launch in the United States under the Freightliner brand. Cargo vans are shipped to and reassembled out of Gaffney, South Carolina.
2004 - The Sprinter Cab Chassis officially launches in the United States.
2005 - First generation Sprinter achieves a production record of 150,000 units.
2007 - Second generation Sprinter enters the United States market. Production of the cargo version moves to Ladson, South Carolina.