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1,200+ more cut from Freightliner plants in Cleveland, Mt. Holly


More than 1,200 jobs will be cut from local Freightliner plants in Rowan and Gaston counties, according to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

"Pursuant to the notification requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (“WARN”), Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced that it will implement a reduction in force of approximately 700 employees at its Mt. Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant and approximately 550 employees at its Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant, effective April 16, 2016," DTNA said in a release Monday afternoon.

The company said employees at both plants were notified Sunday and Monday at town hall meetings.

Employees called WBTV Monday morning saying an entire shift had been cut from the Mt. Holly plant early Monday morning as well.

"The last day of work for employees affected by this announcement will be Friday, February 19, 2016 in both facilities," DTNA's release stated. "Impacted employees will receive payment in lieu of the notice period at each employee’s regular rate of pay, and employees are free to seek and accept other employment during the notice period without jeopardizing their entitlement to the WARN period payment or benefits."

The company said the "adjustments are in response to a sustained reduction in orders and a diminished build rate." They are expected to be temporary.

At C's Bar-B-Que in Cleveland, across the street from the Daimler plant, workers are worried. 

"Because right now we're in our slow time," said co-owner Angie Morris. "January February is our slow time of the year. This laying off don't help any."

Morris estimates about 30-to-40 percent of the restaurant's business comes from orders from plant workers. 

"Usually lunch they come in and eat," Morris said. "Night-time they usually call in ahead and come get it and go back to work."

Now, she's wondering how much of an impact the layoffs, the second set since January, will have on the restaurant. 

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