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Freightliner to lay off 675 at Mount Holly plant

Freightliner announced today it will lay off about 675 workers at the Mount Holly Truck Manufacturing effective Oct. 31.

The plant currently employs 1,145 workers.

A news release stated that WARN act notice was given to plant employees regarding the work force reduction. Plant operations will be scaled back from two shifts to one shift per day.

According to the release, the Mount Holly plant has been operating on a periodic shutdown basis since April 2007 due to the prolonged slowdown in the North American economy and reduced demand for medium-duty trucks. The release noted there are no prospects for a recovery in market conditions in the near future.

The Mount Holly plant manufactures a full line of medium duty Freightliner Business Class M2 models.

“This is certainly bad news,” said Mount Holly Mayor Robert Whitt. “I really hate it and it couldn't have come at a worse time for the families in Gaston County.”

Whitt said Freightliner's local plant has been consistently up and down and “I feel certain it will pull back up again.”

Meanwhile, he hoped local churches and community relief organizations will be preparing to meet the needs of the families involved.