Daimler confirms potential layoffs

News Jason Cannon February 1, 2013

Daimler Trucks North America confirmed Friday published reports that began surfacing earlier this week about potential layoffs at plants in the United States and Mexico.

Daimler spokesman Dave Giroux says the company notified approximately 1,300 workers in accordance with union rules and federal guidelines at factories in North Carolina and Oregon of the potential loss of jobs.

“The action was taken due to the present softening of economic conditions that has adversely impacted the entire North American commercial vehicle industry and if implemented will synchronize current production rates to incoming orders,” Daimler said through a statement.

Figures reported on the North Carolina Department of Commerce website Thursday show potential for 1,200 layoffs in the Charlotte-area alone. Three North Carolina cites received notification of a potential layoffs from Daimler effective April 1, including 405 jobs at the Freightliner Truck Plant in Mt. Holly, 80 at Gastonia Components and Logistics in Gastonia, and another 715 at Freightliner Truck Plant in Cleveland.

“The adjustment will be spread amongst DTNA’s production facilities and DTNA will utilize recall and new hire procedures to adjust staffing levels upward when business conditions warrant,” the statement continues. “DTNA will make the final decision to lay off workers only after all other operational solutions are exhausted.”