Daimler Trucks to keep Oregon plant open

| 9/30/2009

In a possible sign that things could be turning around for the trucking sector, Daimler Trucks North America has announced it will keep its plant in Portland, OR, open after all.

The company had previously announced it would close the plant in June of 2010. But now, thanks in part to a substantial military order and an increase in demand for heavy trucks, the company says it will keep the plant running.

That’s good news for the 650 employees who work there. A union representative told The Associated Press that the union is hoping for another three-year contract.

The company had previously planned to transfer the manufacturing of Western Star commercial vehicles from the Portland plant to one in Mexico. Those plans are now on hold, along with a plan to transfer Freightliner military vehicle manufacturing operations to North Carolina.