Daimler Trucks North America is in the process of notifying approximately 1,300 production workers across DTNA’s North American manufacturing facilities of a potential layoff in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, according to the company.
The action was taken due to the present softening of economic conditions that has adversely impacted the entire North American commercial vehicle industry and if implemented will synchronize current production rates to incoming orders.
The adjustment will be spread amongst DTNA’s production facilities and DTNA will utilize recall and new hire procedures to adjust staffing levels upward when business conditions warrant.
DTNA will make the final decision to lay off workers only after all other operational solutions are exhausted.
During the course of 2012, the North American commercial vehicle industry faced tremendous uncertainty with most industry experts doubting a sales rebound in Q3 and Q4. In spite of these challenges, the market grew 15% over 2011, and DTNA’s year-end market share of 34% continued to pace the industry.
DTNA is cautiously optimistic that market conditions will improve throughout 2013. Our flexible, highly scalable manufacturing operations will be ready to react to immediately recall workers impacted by the potential layoff.