Freightliner laying off hundreds of workers in Mount Holly, Cleveland

900 layoffs in two weeks at Freightliner plants

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Truck manufacturer Daimler is laying off hundreds of workers at two local Freightliner plants.

450 jobs are going away from the plant in Mount Holly, and another 450 will be gone at the Cleveland plant in Rowan County.

Freightliner provided WBTV with the following statement regarding the lay-offs: Following a red-hot North American truck market of record sales and production volumes over the last twelve months, the market is now clearly returning to normal market levels. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) will have to adjust its production output in line with lower market demand and release approximately 450 production workers at its Cleveland manufacturing plant based in Cleveland, North Carolina and approximately 450 workers in Mt. Holly, North Carolina effective October 14, 2019.

This levelling-off in the market requires us to adjust our production levels to meet the normalized demand and therefore reduce our current build rates and employment levels at these locations. We have already witnessed some of our industry competitors making changes in their production plans and employment levels to accommodate. DTNA has been a committed member of these communities and is the leading manufacturer of trucks in North America.

The Cleveland plant employs 2878 workers and was founded in 1989, the Mount Holly plant in Gaston County has 1,714 employees.

The layoffs will take place October 14.

The announcement comes a month after Daimler executives visited Rowan County to note the building of the 750,000th truck at the Cleveland facility.

“Layoffs are always unwelcome and disruptive for our families and our community,” said Rowan County Commission Chairman Greg Edds. “While past layoffs have been much larger, this news is still tough to hear. But with new jobs coming from new employers and added jobs in demand from existing employers in Rowan County, opportunities to match up displaced workers with employers is a positive development.”

In response to the upcoming layoffs at Freightliner, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering R3 Career Services to assist affected workers with training exploration, Career Readiness Certification, resume writing, interview skills and more.

Clients can learn more about careers in transportation, health care and construction, as well as opportunities through the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute. Scholarship opportunities also are available. R3 services are available to the public Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rowan NC Works Career (1904 South Main St, Salisbury) and other locations in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

To learn more, contact the R3 Center at r3@rccc.edu or 704-216-7201.

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