Daimler Trucks of North America is investing $27 million in a new logistics center at its truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, about 45 miles northeast of Charlotte. The company says it will create more than a dozen new jobs there.
Daimler broke ground on the new logistics center Friday morning. Construction is expected to wrap up in early 2019, the company said in a statement.
The new center will consolidate several existing warehouses, Daimler said, and it will make for more efficient conveyance of parts to the assembly line. Daimler also said the center will help create safer and more efficient traffic patterns throughout the plant.
“DTNA is committed long-term to doing business in Cleveland, and this is our next step toward continued manufacturing excellence involving end-to-end logistics,” said Henning Bruns, Cleveland truck manufacturing plant manager.
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Portland, Ore.-based Daimler manufactures commercial vehicles. The Cleveland plant, which employs about 1,400, makes heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks.
Daimler over the years has been known to expand and contract its workforce along with market conditions.
In January 2016, for instance, the company cut more than 900 jobs in response to a “a diminished build rate.” The following month, Daimler temporarily laid off about 700 employees at its Mount Holly facility, and about 550 at its Cleveland plant – also in response to the a reduction in orders.