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Freightliner Recalls 650 Laid Off Workers

Daimler Trucks North America said Freightliner will establish a ‘partial’ second shift at its truck manufacturing plant in North Carolina.

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Freightliner said about 650 workers who were laid off in June will be asked to return to work at the company's truck manufacturing plant in Rowan County.

Daimler Trucks North America spokeswoman Amy Sills told The Salisbury Post on Monday that the company will establish a "partial" second shift at the plant. She says workers will report Aug. 18 for orientation and training, with the shift starting Sept. 2.

Sills said the second shift is necessary because of orders for Freightliner's new Class 8 Cascadia truck.

The recall brings total employment at the Cleveland plant to 1,985.

Freightliner laid off about 1,500 workers and eliminated the second shift in June.

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