Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is ramping up production at its Mt. Holly and Gastonia NC manufacturing plants to accommodate rising customer demand. It plans to add 628 new jobs as part of the ramp-up effort.
The truck OEM said that hiring will occur at all the company's truck and parts manufacturing facilities during the first half of the year, with the total of new jobs approaching 1,300 positions.
This follows the reinstatement of over 1,600 manufacturing and related administrative positions throughout DTNA’s manufacturing network since January of last year, the company added.
Hiring plans for this year also include approximately 600 positions in DTNA's Mexico manufacturing plants in Santiago and Saltillo to help meet production and customer delivery schedules for the OEM's medium- and heavy-duty product lines.
"We have received a clear vote of confidence from a broad range of customers," said Martin Daum, DTNA president & CEO in a statement. "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."
DTNA’s Mt. Holly Truck, NC, plant builds Freightliner M2 Business Class medium-duty, hybrid, and natural-gas trucks and plans to fill 447 new manufacturing and 27 plant-based administrative positions beginning in mid-March.
The company’s Gastonia, NC, parts plant plans to add 149 manufacturing jobs and five related administrative positions during the February-May timeframe to support “increased network build rates.”