Freightliner has joined the truck manufacturing companies
that plan big plant layoffs early next year.
According to the Toronto Globe & Mail, the
company expects to lay off 800 workers at its St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, plant, and another 3,200 employees at other North American plants.
Freightliner - which is part of DaimlerChrysler - claims its
2007 heavy trucks will cost anywhere from $4,600 to $12,500 more than '06
The added cost, which will be used make the trucks compliant
with new clean-air laws, is expected to produce a sales slump in the first half
of next year.