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Daimler Trucks Gearing Up in Gastonia and Mt. Holly

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GASTONIA and MT. HOLLY, NC – Business is booming for Daimler Trucks North America and the workforce in the towns of Gastonia and Mt. Holly will reap the benefits. Daimler announced yesterday that it will add 628 new jobs at the two North Carolina manufacturing facilities. "We have received a clear vote of confidence from a broad range of customers," Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Martin Daum says. "Our new hiring in Mt. Holly and Gastonia is a direct reflection of incoming orders and the resulting production schedule. We remain cautiously optimistic regarding economic and industry recovery but this is a significant and welcome step forward."

Hiring is scheduled to take place during the first half of 2011. Starting in March, Daimler will fill 447 manufacturing positions along with 27 administrative positions at the Mt. Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant, which manufactures Freightliner M2 Business Class medium-duty, natural gas and hybrid trucks.

From February to May, Daimler will add 149 manufacturing and five administrative jobs at the Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plant. These 628 positions account for approximately half of Daimler Trucks North America’s planned 2011 expansion.

According to the Harvard Business School Cluster Mapping Project, North Carolina ranks 10th among all states in total automotive cluster employment. More than 17,000 people are employed by more than 160 companies in the state’s motor vehicle parts industry. 34 of the top 150 North American OEM parts suppliers have facilities in North Carolina, and 19 of those have more than one facility in the state.

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