Daimler truck plant to add 1,100 jobs in US

EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue speaks during a news conference at a Freightliner plant in Cleveland, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. About 1,100 workers laid off from a factory that builds long-distance Freightliner trucks will be called back to work to meet increasing demand as economies in the U.S. and elsewhere improve, Daimler Trucks North America said Thursday.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue speaks during a news conference at a Freightliner plant in Cleveland, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. About 1,100 workers laid off from a factory that builds long-distance Freightliner trucks will be called back to work to meet increasing demand as economies in the U.S. and elsewhere improve, Daimler Trucks North America said Thursday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CLEVELAND, N.C. (AP) — Daimler Trucks North America will hire 1,100 more workers to build long-distance trucks at its NC Freightliner plant as it bulks up after recession layoffs.

The company, a division of Germany's Daimler AG, made the announcement Thursday at the plant in the town of Cleveland in central North Carolina. It also said it will add 100 jobs to a nearby parts plant.

The Freightliner plant employed about 3,500 workers before recession layoffs that cut the number to about 650.

Since then, the plant has seen a steady recovery and now employs about 1,500 workers.

The Cleveland factory is Freightliner's largest truck manufacturing plant, according to Daimler Trucks' website..