Daimler Trucks plans to hire more than 1,300

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Daimler Trucks North America says it will hire more than 1,300 new employees at plants in North Carolina, Oregon and Mexico as it ramps up production to meet demand for its Freightliner and Western Star trucks.

The new jobs are in addition to the 1,300 positions the company announced earlier this year.

Daimler's truck manufacturing plant in North Carolina will take on a second shift as it adds 535 manufacturing jobs and 37 administrative jobs. The plant in Portland, Ore., plans to add 155 manufacturing positions between September and the end of the year. The plant in Saltillo, Mexico, will add a third shift as it hires 479 manufacturing workers and 32 staff workers.

Daimler will also add 124 workers at its Gastonia, N.C., plant, which makes truck parts.