DTNA to Boost Production and Employment

Things seem to be going well for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), who today announced pans to increase production and employment levels at its Mt. Holly, NC and Portland, OR truck manufacturing plants during the last half of 2011. The same thing will also happen at the company's Saltillo plant in Mexico.

The new hiring plans are in addition to the more than 1,300 positions filled in the company's truck and parts facilities during the first half of 2011. Moreover, 10 additional shop positions at the Cleveland plant expected to be filled by the end of July.

But let’s see what DTNA’s plans are in numbers. The company says that over 1,230 new employees will be added to the company's manufacturing and administrative payroll in these three locations to accommodate rising customer demand for the Freightliner and Western Star trucks. In addition, over 120 shop and staff employees will be added at the company's Gastonia, NC parts manufacturing plant.

Taken separately, the Mt. Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant will add a second shift to its operations and plans to fill an additional 535 manufacturing and 37 related administrative positions by September. The Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant will fill an additional 155 manufacturing positions between September and the end of the year.

The Saltillo Truck Manufacturing Plant plans to add a third shift, 32 staff members, and 479 manufacturing workers beginning in June. Finally, the Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plantwill add 121 manufacturing workers and 3 administrative positions by early in the fourth quarter of this year.

"Our manufacturing network is highly scalable and together with our component suppliers, we are fully prepared to handle current and projected order levels,"
said Roger Nielsen, chief operating officer, DTNA. "We have the capacity and the leverage to meet customer delivery schedules despite the industry supply challenges associated with economic recovery and recent global events. We take great pride in our manufacturing workforce and in the proven performance, quality, and popularity of our vehicles."
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