Western Star Portland Plant Adds Second Shift and 350 New Positions

Nov 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced the addition of a second shift and plans to ramp up production at its Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant in Portland, Ore., creating approximately 350 new jobs at the facility by the end of 2012. The additional workers represent a nearly 50 percent increase in personnel at the plant and will include approximately 330 shop employees, and an additional 20 engineering and support positions to facilitate increased production.

The Swan Island facility exclusively produces heavy-duty Western Star brand Class 8 trucks for use in mining, logging, oil field and construction, as well as on-highway trucks and other specialized vehicles, representing about 2 percent of North American truck sales this year.

The increase in production capacity and hiring comes in response to a steady rise in Western Star orders throughout 2011 and company expectations for continued growth in 2012. The Portland plant currently employs approximately 700 shop employees and 50 engineers, managers and support staff.

“We are delighted to be able to make this announcement today here in Portland and proud of the achievements of our Western Star workforce. The growing demand for our Western Star products is testimony to our brand focus on premium customer specifications combined with our leading powertrain technology,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.