Daimler could lay off up to 1,300 workers

Daimler could lay off up to 1,300 workers

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by AP and KGW.com

kgw.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 11:23 AM

PORTLAND -- Large layoffs loom at Daimler Trucks factories in North America, including its Swan Island production facility.

Daimler Trucks North America announced Thursday it was in the process of notifying 1,300 workers of a potential layoff in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and Mexico.

A machinists union representative in Portland said the cuts would affect 250 union employees: 180 from the machinists union and the rest from Teamsters, painters and service union workers.

But a company spokesman said the final number of Swan Island workers impacted would not be determined until the end of February, and no layoffs at the facility would happen before March.

"DTNA will make the final decision to lay off workers only after all other operational solutions are exhausted," said communications director Dave Giroux. He blamed a "softening of economic conditions" and said the company was cautiously optimistic that the market will improve in 2013. 

The company said a year ago that it was calling 1,100 workers in North Carolina back to work because of improving demand in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Now that region will likely see the brunt of the potential layoffs.

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KGW Business Reporter Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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