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October 3, 2019 5:30 PM, EDT

DTNA Announces Layoffs at North Carolina Truck Plants

DTNA announces layoffs in North Carolina.Assembly line workers at the Mount Holly, N.C., manufacturing plant. (Freightliner Trucks via YouTube)

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Daimler Trucks North America announced it is cutting about 900 jobs and lowering truck production at two truck assembly plants in North Carolina as the market “is now clearly returning to normal market levels.”

Effective Oct. 14, the truck maker — which has the leading market share in U.S. Class 8 retail sales, according to WardsAuto.com — will adjust its current build rate and release about 450 production workers at its plant in Cleveland, N.C., and about 450 workers at the Mount Holly plant.

The move follows the slowing in what DTNA’s statement said was “a red-hot North American truck market of record sales and production volumes over the past 12 months.”

DTNA’s Mount Holly truck manufacturing plant produces the full line of Freightliner medium-duty business class M2 and SD models as well as an e-coated cab for the Western Star units built at the Cleveland plant.

The Cleveland facility is the largest Freightliner manufacturing plant in the U.S. It produces Class 8 models, including the Cascadia, Columbia, Coronado and the Argosy cab-over-engine models as well as the Cascadia natural gas. Besides Freightliner trucks, this plant produces Western Star 4700 and Western Star 4900 trucks.

Navistar Inc., Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks announced recently they were taking steps to manage production amid reduced demand. VTNA and Mack are brands of Volvo Group. — Transport Topics

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