Daimler Trucks North America has announced it will restore the second shift at its Freightliner plant in North Carolina by the end of this year. That decision will add 1,101 more workers at the Rowan County manufacturing facility, which presently employs 1,472 people. In addition, Daimler also announced it will be hiring about 100 people at its Gastonia parts plant.
"We can proudly announce we're bringing 1,200 new jobs to North Carolina and this community," said Gov. Bev Perdue.
In 2009, economic pressures from the nation's ongoing recession forced Daimler to lay off 1,500 workers and eliminate that entire shift. However, this job creation news tells the world that Daimler has "successfully left the recession behind," explained CEO Roger Nielsen.
The company said most of the positions will be filled by employees laid off in the past, and that those individuals would be the first to be hired back.