PORTLAND, OREGON AND GASTONIA, N.C.…Freightliner LLC today announced the appointment of Erik Johnson as manager of the company’s Gastonia, N.C., Parts Manufacturing Plant, effective immediately. In his new position, Johnson will be responsible for all Gastonia plant operations including production, quality, materials, facilities engineering, human resources and maintenance. He reports to Alan Mayne, General Manager of Manufacturing Operations for Freightliner LLC.
“Erik Johnson’s commercial vehicle manufacturing background encompasses everything from fire truck to motor home chassis production,” Mayne said. “This broad experience will be very valuable to the Gastonia operation, especially when you consider the diverse operations at the plant.”
He added, “Under Johnson’s leadership, the Gastonia plant will continue to build high quality truck parts to support the company’s NAFTA manufacturing operation.”
Since early 2003, Erik Johnson has served as Director of Manufacturing for Freightliner LLC subsidiary American LaFrance, based in Ladson, S.C. Prior to that appointment, he was manufacturing director for Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, in Gaffney, S.C. Johnson joined the company in 1990 and has held a variety of manufacturing positions of increasing responsibility over his 15-year career in the Freightliner organization. He holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Oregon State University.
Johnson succeeds Bob Pacillas, who was appointed manager of Freightliner LLC’s Cleveland, N.C., Truck Manufacturing Plant in late December.
The Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plant began operations in 1979 and today employs over 1,200 people. The plant produces cab and chassis parts for Freightliner LLC’s truck manufacturing operations and parts distribution centers.