Freightliner moving certain functions to SC

Freightliner LLC will transfer selected functions from its corporate headquarters in Portland OR to a South Carolina location closer to customers and Freightliner Trucks production facilities. Company officials confirmed that 341 positions are affected, including Freightliner Trucks sales and marketing functions. Other elements being relocated manage relations with the company's dealer network, provide technical support to both dealers and customers, and ensure a reliable and cost-effective supply of replacement parts.

Company officials stressed that Freightliner LLC corporate headquarters will continue to be based in Portland. Operations at the Western Star Manufacturing Plant on Swan Island are not affected.

The departments being transferred will occupy offices in northern South Carolina, in close proximity to both the Charlotte-Douglas International airport, and within a 75 mile radius of Freightliner Trucks manufacturing facilities in the region. Most employees affected by the transfer will be relocated in early summer 2008. Operations are expected to commence July 31 in the new South Carolina location.

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