Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), parent to Freightliner Inc., has revealed a plan to increase its production as well as increase head count at its Mt. Holly, N.C., and Portland, Ore., truck manufacturing plants during the second half of 2011.
Automotive Business Review reported that the company is also planning to increase production and hiring at its Saltillo plant in Mexico. NTNA said it will add over 1,230 new employees to the company’s manufacturing and administrative payroll at its three plants to increase the production of Freightliner and Western Star trucks.
In addition the company will add over 120 shop and staff employees at the company’s Gastonia, N.C., parts manufacturing plant. The manpower addition will be in addition to the 1,300 employees it hired in its truck and parts facilities during the first half of 2011.
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 Mt. Holly plant manufactures Freightliner M2 business class medium-duty, hybrid, and natural gas trucks, as well as Freightliner’s new line of 108SD and 114SD trucks built for the severe-duty vocational truck markets.
The Saltillo facility, in the state of Coahuila, is planning to add a third shift and 479 manufacturing workers starting this month and 32 staff positions will also be filled at the plant. The Saltillo plant manufactures Freightliner Cascadia model trucks for the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican markets.
The Gastonia parts manufacturing plant will add 121 manufacturing workers and 3 administrative positions by the fourth quarter of this year. The Gastonia plant manufactures specialized parts and components for all the company’s commercial vehicle products.
DTNA chief operating officer Roger Nielsen said, “Our manufacturing network is highly scalable and together with our component suppliers, we are fully prepared to handle current and projected order levels.”