Freightliner to build another Mexican plant

Freightliner LLC plans to construct a new $300 million truck manufacturing plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, in northern Mexico. Dedicated to the production of Freightliner and Sterling trucks, the new facility will provide more capacity to accommodate Freightliner's long-range product planning, including an expected upturn in industry demand in 2009.

The Saltillo plant is the second Freightliner LLC manufacturing facility to be located in Mexico, joining the Santiago Tianguistenco plant. The new one-million-square-foot facility in Saltillo will be near an existing Chrysler plant.

This 740-acre site will also include a PDI/transporter center and test track, as well as room for future expansion. The plant could produce up to 30,000 trucks annually, and employ up to 1,600 production and management personnel. Groundbreaking is planned for second quarter of 2007, with start of production planned for early 2009.

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