DaimlerChrysler's Freightliner Corp. will
cut 3,745 jobs at its U.S. and Canadian plants in anticipation of a
25 percent decrease in heavy-duty truck sales, the company said
The Portland-based Freightliner, North America's largest
heavy-duty truck manufacturer, said it expects a slowdown in the
sales of medium-duty trucks as well.
Freightliner currently employs 20,141 people across North
The company said it will discontinue its third shift at
factories in Portland; Cleveland, N.C.; Mt. Holly, N.C.; and St.
Thomas, Ontario, and stop weekend shifts in Gastonia, N.C.
On July 26, DaimlerChrysler said it planned to slash costs by
$5.7 billion during the next three years to boost profits.
The layoffs will take place Oct. 20 in the U.S. facilities and
Dec. 4 in the St. Thomas plant.
The company's Portland and Cleveland, N.C. plants make
Freightliner's heavy-duty trucks. The Mt. Holly, N.C., plants make
Freightliner medium-duty trucks. The St. Thomas location produces
the company's Sterling-brand heavy- and medium-duty trucks.
A total of 770 Portland-based workers will lose their jobs, 669
at the truck plant and 101 at the parts plant.
Other layoffs are as follows:
--Cleveland, N.C., 1,302 workers, truck plant.
--Mt. Holly, N.C., 825 workers, truck plant.
--Gastonia, N.C., 154 workers, parts plant.
--St. Thomas, Ontario, 692 workers, truck plant.