Freightliner plant to shut down in Rowan County

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CLEVELAND, N.C. — The Freightliner plant in Rowan County will shut down for a number of days to adjust its production schedule.

The Salisbury Post reported no layoffs are planned at the Freightliner plant in Cleveland. The company did not say how many days the plant will close.

Daimler Trucks North America said the move comes in response to an industry-wide reduction in truck orders.

The newspaper reported only about half of the 1,100 new jobs announced in January have been filled.

Daimler’s David Carson said the expected demand that prompted the hiring plans has not been as strong as expected. The company hoped to offer jobs to all workers who were laid off in 2008 who still wanted to work at the plant.

About 2,100 people are working at Freightliner now.

Credit: The Associated Press.