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Carolina jobs targeted in Daimler cutback

Jason Cannon January 31, 2013

Daimler Trucks North America announced yesterday it expects to lay off 1,300 workers in the United States, and the vast majority of them appear to be coming from the Charlotte, N.C. area. 

According to a filing posted to the North Carolina Department of Commerce website, 405 jobs at the Freightliner Truck Plant in Mt. Holly, 80 at Gastonia Components and Logistics in Gastonia, and another 715 at Freightliner Truck Plant in Cleveland are marked for potential temporary layoff effective April 1. 

Daimler currently has a combined 2,900 employees at its Mount Holly truck and Gastonia parts plants. An additional 2,100 people work from the manufacturing plant in Cleveland.

If reports hold true, Daimler’s estimate of 1,300 job cuts nationwide may prove conservative.

Joe Kear, a representative with the International Association of Machinists District W24 Lodge in Portland, Ore., told The Portland Business Journal yesterday he expects 250 workers to be laid off in Portland next month. After the cuts, Kear said, he expects the plant to transition from two shifts to one.

That could push the total number of layoffs to 1,450 from the U.S. alone. 

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