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Daimler to lay off 1,200 at NC Freightliner plants, according to notice

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Daimler Trucks North America announced Thursday it will lay off 1,200 workers at three NC plants, according to a WARN notice posted on the State Commerce website.

715 employees at the Cleveland plant in Rowan county are expected to lose jobs. 405 workers are expected to lose jobs at a Freightliner plant in Mt. Holly, and 80 will be laid off at Daimler’s Gastonia Components and Logistics business.

In the notice, the layoffs are described as "temporary," meaning the company could rehire the workers at a later date.

DTNA issued a statement to WGHP on Thursday that called the layoffs "potential," saying the company will make the final decision to lay off workers only after all other operational solutions are exhausted :

"Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is in the process of notifying approximately 1,300 production workers across DTNA’s North American manufacturing facilities of a potential layoff in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.   The action was taken due to the present softening of economic conditions that has adversely impacted the entire North American commercial vehicle industry and if implemented will synchronize current production rates to incoming orders.   The adjustment will be spread amongst DTNA’s production facilities and DTNA will utilize recall and new hire procedures to adjust staffing levels upward when business conditions warrant."

The layoffs will be effective April 1.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Daimler currently employs 2,900 people at a truck manufacturing plant in Mount Holly and a parts factory in Gastonia. In addition, 2,100 people work at a manufacturing plant in the Rowan County town of Cleveland.

No other information was provided.