kscarbel2 Posted January 5, 2016 Share Posted January 5, 2016 Charlotte Business Journal / January 4, 2016Freightliner will lay off almost 1,000 workers from its Rowan County heavy truck factory in a move the company says is temporary.Freightliner owner Daimler Trucks North America says the layoffs will cut the 3,100-member work force at the Cleveland plant by 936. It will also reduce the plant’s output of heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks by one-third.The layoffs are due to "a sustained reduction in orders and diminished build rate," DTNA wrote in a letter delivered to the N.C. Department of Commerce. The N.C. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice was dated Dec. 31.A news release issued Monday by DTNA says the cuts are “in anticipation of a softer North American truck market in 2016, which will be somewhat below the very strong market of 2015,” writes DTNA spokesman David Giroux.The layoffs are effective Friday, but employees will be paid for the work missed from Friday until the 60-day WARN notice deadline, which is early March, says Giroux, who is based at DTNA’s Portland, Ore., headquarters.Assemblers will be the biggest hit among the job classifications at the DTNA plant in the Rowan County town of Cleveland. The list says 666 assembler jobs will be cut. Next up for job cuts is a classification called “utility team member,” which will see 107 jobs eliminated.Combined with two other plants in the Charlotte area and a Fort Mill administrative center, DTNA employees more than 6,000 in the area.Freightliner employment has fluctuated as the company faced constraints ranging from a shortage of truck drivers to a downturn in truck sales. Before this layoff, DTNA was approaching a record number for Charlotte-area employees.See the layoff notice here. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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