US: Daimler creates 350 new jobs at Portland plant image

Daimler’s Truck division said Thursday that it was adding a second shift to its Portland truck manufacturing plant.

The company will create approximately 350 new jobs at the facility by the end of 2012. About 330 of these jobs will be for shop employees.

The company also plans to add about 100 positions in its main office.

The automaker is trying to respond to a strong rise in sales of DTNA’s commercial vehicles.

“We are delighted to be able to make this announcement today here in Portland and proud of the achievements of our Western Star work force,” said Martin Daum, president and chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America, which has its U.S. headquarters in Portland.

The Swan Island plant exclusively produces heavy-duty Western Star brand Class 8 trucks for use in mining, logging, oil field and construction, as well as on-highway trucks and other specialized vehicles, representing about 2 percent of North American truck sales this year.

The new hiring will increase the number of production workers for Western Star trucks by almost 50 percent. Hiring of new employees will begin in November, and the new shift is slated to be at full capacity by February 2012.

It’s the first hiring to come to the Swan Island plant since 2006.