Daimler Trucks North America announced Round Two of layoffs at a pair of its truck manufacturing plants this week, with hundreds of workers to be laid off this Friday.
The layoffs include about 700 workers from the truck plant in Mount Holly, N.C., and another 500 workers about 50 miles south at its plant in Cleveland, N.C.
The layoffs come as a result of “a sustained reduction in orders and a diminished build rate,” said DTNA’s communications director David Giroux, who added the layoffs are considered temporary.
In a statement released by the truckmaker, the reductions are effective April 16 with the final day of work scheduled this Friday.
“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 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification period payment or benefits.”
While the 1,200 or so layoffs are scheduled for the end of the week, they become effective April 16, according to the statement from Daimler, which said the action was taken as a result of a North American Class 6 to 8 truck market that is expected to be down about 10 percent this year.