Truck Industry Layoffs Continue

Posted on January 31, 2007

The effects of the expected downturn in the on-highway markets in the first part of 2007 continue to be felt.

Freightliner LLC said it will lay off 260 workers at its Gastonia, NC operations by the end of March. This follows an earlier announcement that it would eliminate 1160 jobs at a Rowan County, NC plant. Freightliner is also considering laying off more than 500 workers at its Mount Holly, NC plant, but said no decision had been made on that operation.

Freightliner previously said the job eliminations are part of the company's announcement last month to make production rate adjustments at its North American plants that could affect more than 4000 workers.

International Truck and Engine Corp. announced it is reducing its work force at the company’s Truck Development and Technology Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. by about 140 employees.

“This reduction was necessitated by the completion of major engineering programs, the downturn in the truck industry, and our efforts to be more cost-effective and efficient,” said Rajiv Prasad, vice president of global product creation for International Truck and Engine.