DTNA adds shift, plans production increase
Jan 18, 2012 11:06 AM
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced the addition of a second shift and plans to ramp up production at its Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant in Cleveland NC, creating more than 1,100 new jobs by the end of 2012.
The additional workers represent a 72% increase in personnel at the plant and will include approximately 1,072 shop employees and an additional 29 engineering and support positions to facilitate increased production.
A majority of the positions will be filled with recalled workers who were laid off in 2009.The ramp-up will nearly double the daily production rates at the Cleveland plant by October 2012. The increase in production capacity and hiring comes in response to demand growth that has created backorders as long as six months for the Freightliner Cascadia model.
The Cleveland plant employs approximately 1,400 shop employees and 72 engineers, managers, and support staff. The largest Freightliner Trucks manufacturing plant in the United States, this facility exclusively produces Class 8 on-highway truck models, including the Cascadia, Columbia, and Argosy product lines. Freightliner trucks also are sold internationally, with nearly 20% of the trucks built at the Cleveland plant sold through Daimler subsidiaries in the export markets of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
In conjunction with the ramp-up at the Cleveland plant, DTNA also will hire 100 employees at its nearby Components and Logistics Plant in Gastonia NC. The 90 new hourly employees in the factory and 10 salaried and hourly office employees primarily will staff a second and third shift.
Hiring of new employees will begin in early February, and the new production shift is slated to be at full capacity by September 2012.
DTNA is accepting online applications for positions at the Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant and the Gastonia Components and Logistics Plant. In addition, more than 145 positions in mechanical, electrical, electronic, and manufacturing engineering and numerous other functional areas are open at DTNA in company locations throughout North America. Interested applicants may apply at www.dtna.jobs.
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