Daimler Trucks, on Thursday said will hire 1, 200 new workers at its Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant in Cleveland, N.C.
The majority of the new positions there will be filled by recalled workers who were laid off in 2009. Freight volume is back up to pre-crisis levels, and vehicle fleets are now being gradually replaced after not having been modernized for several years, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
Daimler expects to start hiring in February and have the new shift operating at full capacity by September.
With 94,155 vehicles through November 2011, sales were almost 55 percent higher than in the same period of 2010. DTNA is the most successful manufacturer of Class 6 – 8 trucks in the United States and Canada, with a market share of 32.7 percent (as of October 2011).
Freightliner trucks are also sold internationally, and 20 percent of the trucks built at the Cleveland plant are sold through Daimler subsidiaries in the export markets of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Daimler Trucks North America is based in Portland, Ore., and is a unit of Daimler AG of Stuttgart, Germany.