Freightliner LLC To Add 300 Employees at St. Thomas, Ontario, Sterling Truck Manufacturing Plant

Move Will Help Increase Plant Capacity To Meet Strong Demand for Sterling Trucks



PORTLAND, OREGON…To meet increasing demand for Sterling heavy- and medium-duty trucks, Freightliner LLC today announced plans to increase production and add approximately 300 full-time employees at the St. Thomas, Ontario, Truck Manufacturing Plant. The new employees will work a three-day weekend shift, Friday through Sunday. The company intends to begin hiring for the new positions immediately.



“Freightliner LLC is very pleased to have finalized discussions with the Canadian Auto Workers’ Union in creating a unique shift schedule for these new jobs at the St. Thomas Truck Manufacturing Plant,” said Rainer E. Schmueckle, President and CEO, Freightliner LLC. “After three very challenging years, the North American heavy-duty truck market is recovering and we have a positive outlook for continuing improvement. We’re also very upbeat about the Sterling brand, which has increased sales and market share in North America. By increasing plant capacity and employment, we are responding to the growing customer demand for Sterling trucks.”



On behalf of the CAW, President Buzz Hargrove stated, “The CAW is pleased that the demand for Sterling products has led to an additional 300 jobs in St. Thomas. The CAW members through their high quality work and high productivity played an important role in ensuring this opportunity.”



The St. Thomas plant currently employs 1,200 people and operates two full production shifts with the day shift working Monday through Friday and the evening shift working a 4x10 schedule. The facility's production, maintenance, quality assurance and material handling employees are represented by the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW).



Since 1998, the St. Thomas Plant has produced Sterling-brand trucks and today builds heavy- and medium-duty vehicles including the Sterling A-Line, L-Line and Acterra. In January of 2004, Sterling Truck Corporation announced that it had received the highest overall ranking for conventional medium-duty trucks in the 2003 J.D. Power and Associates Medium-Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study.



Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Freightliner is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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