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Freightliner to Lay Off 115 Employees at North Carolina Plant


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Transport Topics  /  August 2, 2016

Freightliner will be laying off 115 workers at a plant in Gastonia, North Carolina, two months after the company reduced the workforce at the same location.

The layoffs at the components and logistics facility will be effective August 12, according to parent company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

"DTNA’s workforce adjustments are in response to a sustained reduction in orders and a diminished build rate, and are expected to be temporary. DTNA anticipates a 15% decrease in Class 6-8 retail sales over the extremely robust NAFTA Class 6-8 market of 425,000 units in 2015," said David Giroux, director of corporate communications.

"These workforce adjustments are expected to be temporary, and workers will have first rights to be recalled when production is able to sustain a higher build rate."

In June, Freightliner laid off approximately 600 employees at a plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina, and about 180 in Gastonia.

In January, 936 workers were laid off at the Freightliner plant in Cleveland, North Carolina.

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