MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. – More than 1,000 people will be laid off at three different Freightliner plants across the area.
Parent company Daimler Trucks North America is laying off 405 employees at its Mount Holly plant, 715 at its Cleveland truck manufacturing plant in Rowan County and 80 people at a components plant in Gastonia.
The official numbers were filed Thursday to the state. Layoffs will begin on April 1.
"It could hurt business with that many people being let go," said Circle A Food Store clerk Mandy Hannah on Wednesday. "All their shifts come in here."
Unemployment in the area is already close to 10 percent.
Freightliner cut 2,100 jobs at local plants jobs a few years ago, then added 1,500 in 2011.
The hiring was one reason why President Obama visited the Mt. Holly plant in 2012, where he also touted green energy.
For now, the state says it will not be sending a rapid response team to help laid off employees file for unemployment and find work, but that could change.
By the Numbers
405 employees at Mt. Holly plant: 330 of them are truck assemblers.
715 employees at Cleveland truck manufacturing plant in Rowan County: 393 of them are assemblers, 95 are material handlers, 65 team leaders.
80 employees at Gastonia components plant: 38 of them are machine operators.