Freightliner cutting 100 jobs at S.C. plant

A heavy truck subsidiary of German automaker Daimler says slipping customer demand is behind its plans to cut 100 jobs at a South Carolina plant.

Freightliner LLC will reduce operations at its Gaffney plant to one shift next month.

This week's cuts follow intermittent shutdowns at the plant in February, as the company brought in only “essential” employees required for work in an effort to hedge losses and save jobs.

Daimler Trucks North America spokeswoman Amy Sills says the plant now has 790 full-time employees who build chassis for delivery vans, recreational vehicles, and school and shuttle buses.

A trade group says RV shipments dropped 9.5 percent last year, after five years of record growth.