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Daimler to lay off thousands

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Daimler Trucks North America said Tuesday it was warning thousands of workers that potentially large layoffs could be coming at manufacturing plants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and Mexico.

The company said in a statement that it was notifying production workers about the layoffs two months in advance, in compliance with federal law. More details were expected to be released Thursday.

A company spokesman declined to say whether any plants were off the list of sites for potential layoffs. Officials with United Auto Workers’ local unions at Freightliner plants in Mount Holly and Cleveland, N.C., declined comment.

Portland, Ore.-based Daimler Trucks employs about 20,000 workers building Freightliner and Western Star trucks, Thomas Built school buses, along with engines and parts. The unit is a division of Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler AG.

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