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Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2011



Daimler, Mack ramp up hiring

Daimler Trucks North America and Mack Trucks are increasing truck production and hiring workers to meet increased demand.

Daimler Trucks North America (pictured) and Mack Trucks are increasing production and hiring workers at their North American plants to meet rising sales.

DTNA announced it plans to hire a combined 1,350 workers at manufacturing facilities in Mt. Holly, N.C., Portland, Ore., and Saltillo, Mexico, and a parts plant in Gastonia, N.C., during the next six months. A majority of the hires will come from laid-off employees, the company said.

The Mt. Holly plant will add a second shift and plans to fill an additional 535 manufacturing and 37 related administrative positions by September.

The Portland plant plans to fill an additional 155 manufacturing positions in the fourth quarter, the company said.

The Saltillo factory had planned to add a third shift and 479 manufacturing workers beginning in June. Thirty-two staff postions are estimated to be filled.

Company officials said the hirings are in addition to more than 1,300 positions filled in the company’s truck and parts facilities during the first half of this year.

Mack said that due to increased demand for its Mack Pinnacle trucks the company will boost production at its Macungie, Pa., truck plant in August and hire approximately 300 people. The company said all the additional personnel will be new hires.

The production increase will include adding a second shift. The company plans to have the new hires in place in early August.

Current employment at the plant is 1,030. The company hired 60 new employees who began in May and added 125 people who were either recalled or newly hired last October.

— Staff reports



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