On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Freightliner announced it was eliminating 260
employees at its Mount Holly, NC, medium-duty truck manufacturing plant.
The daily production rate at the plant will be trimmed to 100 trucks
per day on Sept. 26 – a reduction of 17 percent from the current 120 per day.
The layoffs will not have an effect on Class 8 truck production,
Freightliner Chief Operating Officer Roger Nielson said in a press release.
Currently, 1,540 employees represented by the United Autoworkers
assemble the Freightliner-branded line of Business Class M2 vehicles designed
for a variety of urban, short haul, and vocational applications. The furlough
of these 260 positions will return the plant to the employment level of August