Letter details plans to shift Freight...

Letter details plans to shift Freightliner production from N.C. to Mexico

There are 11 comments on the The Gaston Gazette story from Feb 11, 2009, titled Letter details plans to shift Freightliner production from N.C. to Mexico. In it, The Gaston Gazette reports that:

A letter e-mailed to the Gazette Wednesday details plans to shift new orders of Freightliner trucks from North Carolina to Mexico after mid-March, when the company is scheduled to lay off some 2,137 workers in ...

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Ross FROM CANADA

London, Canada

#1 Feb 27, 2009
hello there,
i live in ST.THOMAS CANADA, WE ARE JUST NOW WINDING DOWN ARE OERATION IN ST.THOMAS,
WE WHERE ALSO LIED TO BY ARE CEO MR. PATTERSON
WE WHERE ALSO TOLD MEXICO WOULD ONLY USED FOR OVERFLOW. LIES LIES LIES........JOBS JOBS JOBS
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FIGHT.....HOW DO YOU SPELL GREED!
jason

Charlotte, NC

#2 Apr 26, 2009
I just read where they are giving Chris patterson a push into early retirement (As of june 1st). He along with countless other managers and supervisors that have lied to us and kissed upper management ass at the blue collars expense will know how the rest of us laid off workers feel as many of them have recently been terminated. I was laid off at cleveland. Send the trucks on to mexico, who cares, the company is on its last leg anyways, plus, the quality sucked at our plant also. Anyone who has worked at cleveland will admit that if they are honest. The quality and workmanship of some of our trucks was so far under par that I was ashamed to see it go to the consumer!!! Buy american, get an american brand!!!
David-W

Rock Hill, SC

#3 Jun 14, 2009
I find it a crying shame that Freightliner is willing to risk its' name by trying to save a penny. I was laid-off recently after 24 years of loyality to Freightliner at the Mt.holly plant, and now they want to risk the chance of losing top customers by moving the medium duty trucks to Mexico. Good luck; those people are not educated and more than likely can't used the methods of building a top of the line truck. Way to go Mr. Neilsen on way to improve the company, save a penny and take our jobs away. I just hope that our customers can really see what you are doing to this company. Buy American and put us back to work. Remember, if you are an American company; then buy an American made truck. God bless the USA....
Former Manager

Birmingham, AL

#4 Jun 17, 2009
What do you expect from a German company? Did you really think they cared about American and Canadian jobs? Daimler could exit the North American truck market without blinking an eye. Dealers, workers and customers were not a consern as shown how they shut down Sterling Trucks. Freightliner is most likely next.
hecho en mexico

United States

#5 Jul 15, 2009
Freightliner really do not know how to build trucks properly. I work at the WesternStar plant in Port, Or. I've worked there for 16 years, and seen many insane wastes of money. They consistantly write bad spec errors for parts and assemblies, if it wasn't for the knowlegable shop workers holding there hands and figuring it out for them, things would never get done, and there going to build them in mexico-- he,he.
Justastat4sure

Gastonia, NC

#6 Jul 26, 2009
I worked at the Freighltiner Cleveland Plant until May, over 14 years with the company. I was talking with other laid off workers recently and just like them i am angry, nor worried. Angry that i didnt lose my job because of the recession, because the company filed bankruptcy, or even lost market share. I lost my job simply because of Corporate Greed. Those two words will be the downfall of America. The really bad thing is Americans are to blame for it. This government is by the people for the people and i still believe that, however we as American citizens have not held our elected rperesentative accountable and they have been like kids in the candy store. Our jobs are gone because we have not kept our government on the path to helping us the American citizens. I have asked for years while trying to rally people to do something, when is enough going to be enough. I guess when every American is living in United States of Mexico/China in cardboard shacks then enough will be enough.
Grv

Juarez, Mexico

#7 Aug 7, 2009
David-W wrote:
... and now they want to risk the chance of losing top customers by moving the medium duty trucks to Mexico. Good luck; those people are not educated and more than likely can't used the methods of building a top of the line truck....
Oh, yes, and that is why they are taking away all the manufacturing out of the USA, not only the automotive industry recently, but the electronics some decades ago, etc. That is the believe they let you think, keep thinking Americans are the only people on earth that can do things right.
It's all about global economics, and big companies' greed.
Do you really think that big companies are willing to move their money-making business to be built by "less educated" people?
Keep thinking the same way, and prepare to fill your Unemployment Insurance.
Carolina Kid

Kings Mountain, NC

#8 Aug 26, 2009
THANKS TO ALL THE RESPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS IN WASHINGTON FOR NAFTA

Read This
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/duke-37270 -...
thomas

Monroe, NC

#9 Sep 23, 2009
Grv wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, yes, and that is why they are taking away all the manufacturing out of the USA, not only the automotive industry recently, but the electronics some decades ago, etc. That is the believe they let you think, keep thinking Americans are the only people on earth that can do things right.
It's all about global economics, and big companies' greed.
Do you really think that big companies are willing to move their money-making business to be built by "less educated" people?
Keep thinking the same way, and prepare to fill your Unemployment Insurance.
are you a dumb ass or what, can you spell cheep labor.no mater the grade level, it come down to a few people made the choice to build the plant there, the demand droped and there fucked, build trucks in a 30 year old plant, or a brand new 400 milloin dollar plant in mexico, do not feel so speical, it had not one thing to do with the quality or workers, it is all about kissing some share holders ass.trust me your day is coming, a lot quicker than you think.supply your trucks for mexico, not for the us. support your people.
Carolina Kid

Kings Mountain, NC

#10 Oct 14, 2009
thomas wrote:
<quoted text>are you a dumb ass or what, can you spell cheep labor.no mater the grade level, it come down to a few people made the choice to build the plant there, the demand droped and there fucked, build trucks in a 30 year old plant, or a brand new 400 milloin dollar plant in mexico, do not feel so speical, it had not one thing to do with the quality or workers, it is all about kissing some share holders ass.trust me your day is coming, a lot quicker than you think.supply your trucks for mexico, not for the us. support your people.
No Thomas, I am not a dumbass. My quote about thanking the Senators & Washington & NAFTA was a tounge in cheek statement. The link was broken, so you couldn't read the article. If you had been able to read it, you would have seen that Mexico was getting trucks that were going to be made for Duke Power. Duke Power originally wanted the trucks made in Mt. Holly. I assure you that I am in no way in favor of NAFTA.

http://www.gastongazette.com/news/duke-37270-...

Before you resort to name calling, maybe you should look further into the statement. Your apologies are accepted. Now go call Washington what you called me.
Larry

Sanford, NC

#11 Feb 18, 2010
grv..I was told that you down there was paid 5 an hour to build trucks..our state has a minumum wage law that pays more than that...but what I want to know is when the people in the united states have no jobs there will be less need for trucks to haul the products...and there goes your fantastic job. does the great "Mexico" have unemployment benifits like we do ...if not good luck.

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