Freightliner plants to lay off about 900 workers in Mount Holly, Cleveland

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — About 900 workers will be out of a job after cuts at two local freightliner manufacturing plants.

Daimler Trucks North America said the move comes after officials said the North American truck market had record sales and production volumes over the last year.

The market is leveling off so DTNA will adjust its production output to reflect the lower demand.

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The company is laying off 450 workers at its Mount Holly plant and about the same number at its plant in Cleveland.

At Sammy’s Wings and Subs in Mount Holly, Owner Sam St. John said freightliner workers mean good business. He told Channel 9 plant workers make up a third of his business and shift changes at the plant are the restaurant's peak hours.

“I see them often," St. John said. "It’s like family for me.”

The layoff will take place Oct. 14., weeks before the start of the holidays.