Daimler stays in Portland, saves jobs

Instead of a planned shutdown next year, Daimler Trucks North America announces it will keep its Portland plant open.

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Daimler Trucks North America announced it will keep its Swan Island truck plant open instead of shutting down next year as planned. The move will likely save about 650 jobs, but reactions are mixed.

“Some people are very pleased by it, and some are at the end of a very long roller coaster ride,” says Joe Kear, Machinists District 24 business representative. “They’ve just had another bump in that ride when they’d already begun to mentally transition.”

The surprise reversal – resulting, says the company, from a big military contract – saves living-wage jobs and counters the trend of manufacturing moving abroad. Portland Mayor Sam Adams was quick to praise the move, adding that Daimler has not asked for incentives or subsidies to stay open.

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