Freightliner Portland Plant Adds Second Shift to Meet Demand

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Freightliner has added a second shift to its Portland, Ore., truck-manufacturing plant to keep up with surging demand for Western Star- and Freightliner-brand heavy duty trucks produced at the facility.

About 700 full-time employees were to be added starting in August.

“The Freightliner Group continues to see stronger demand across our national heavy duty truck business,” said Rainer E. Schmueckle, President and CEO of Freightliner LLC. “Favorable economic conditions and customers’ need to replace older equipment or expand their operations are driving a robust recovery of the North American Class 8 market. We expect the market to continue its stronger performance through the end of 2004 and beyond.”

The Portland truck manufacturing plant produces a variety of heavy duty trucks for long haul and vocational applications. Western Star models produced at the plant include the 4900 EX, 4900 FA, 4900 SA and the 6900 XD. Freightliner truck models built at the facility include the Coronado, Century Class S/T and the Columbia. The Portland plant also builds heavy-duty vehicles for the U.S. military.

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