Daimler to ramp up production of Western Star brand trucks in North America

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 23, 2011

Production of Western Star heavy-duty trucks at Daimler Trucks North America’s plant in Portland, Oregon, will be increased. A second shift will be added, creating about 350 jobs at plant by the end of next year. Of this figure, around 330 will be composed of shop employees. As a result of this hiring, the number of workers for the production of Western Star trucks will increase by nearly 50%.

Daimler will begin hiring the new employees this November. By February 2012, this new shift will be at full capacity. Last July, DTNA revealed that it will expand the number of workers at its U.S. and Mexico truck production plants by about 2,700 workers.

With the new jobs slated for Western Star, its total workforce will be even bigger. The steep increase in the sales of DTNA’s commercial vehicles had led to the boost in production capacity. Last August, the U.S. subsidiary of Daimler Trucks posted record sales, its highest since March 2007.

Through August 2011, DTNA sales in the U.S. and Canada increased by over 50%, compared to the same period in 2010. The number of orders being made is also increasing. The main uses of Western Star trucks are related to specialized applications like logging, mining, and oil production. Presently, the brand has around 750 workers that primarily build vehicles for markets in North and South America, Australia, South Africa, and Indonesia.

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