Nearly 1000 workers at the North Carolina Freightliner manufacturing plant will be out of a job as of Friday, according to a notice from the company.
The company says that it hopes that the layoffs of 936 employees from the Rowan County plant will be temporary. The job cuts come as a result of a reduced number of truck orders, but Freightliner officials say that they plan to rehire the employees when demand for their trucks increases. Most of the people who will be laid off work as assemblers.
Freightliner currently employs 3,100 at the Rowan County plant. As of Friday, they will only employ 2,200.
Though Friday is the last day for nearly a third of the plant’s employees, the laid off workers will still be paid through March 5, as required by federal law for large employers. The workers are free to seek other employment without losing their payments or benefits.