More than 900 layoffs are planned at Daimler Trucks’ Cleveland plant in Rowan County, the truck manufacturer said Monday.
Daimler Trucks North America said it sent a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) to plant employees and union representatives about layoffs for 936 workers.
The job cuts are due to a “sustained reduction in orders and a diminished build rate and is considered temporary,” David Giroux, the company’s director of corporate communications and public relations, said in a statement.
Daimler Trucks is reducing production at the facility by one-third “in anticipation of a softer North American truck market in 2016, which will be somewhat below the very strong market of 2015,” Giroux said.
The Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant makes heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks. The location currently employs about 3,100 workers. That will drop to about 2,200 after the “temporary adjustment.”
The workers’ last day of work will be Friday, but they will be paid through March 5. Employees are free to seek other jobs during the period without losing payments and benefits during this period.
The company declined to comment further on the layoffs.