Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) announcement last week that it would lay of 936 workers at its Cleveland, N.C. manufacturing plant took effect Friday, according to David Giroux, director of communication and public relations for Daimler.
The North Carolina truck plant builds heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks, and Giroux said in a statement that the layoff “is considered temporary.”
He said DTNA provided Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) to plant employees and bargaining unit representatives regarding the planned reduction in the workforce
In a statement, Giroux said, “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. DTNA’s WARN Act notification is due to a sustained reduction in orders and a diminished build rate and is considered temporary.
The Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant employs about 3,100 workers, which is now reduced to approximately 2,200 after the temporary adjustment. DTNA is reducing output by one-third at the Cleveland Facility in anticipation of a softer North American truck market in 2016, which will be somewhat below the very strong market of 2015.