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Freightliner To Boost Employment In Gaston County

Freightliner is hiring in Gaston County again. The plant in Mount Holly is hiring 447 manufacturing jobs and 27 administrative positions, while the Gastonia plant will get 154 jobs. Freightliner officials say workers laid off two years ago will get first priority. In 2009, more than 2,100 workers lost their jobs in Rowan and Gaston counties. About 850 of those jobs were at Freightliner plants in Mount Holly and Gastonia. Donny Hicks, who heads Gaston County's Economic Development Commission, says the new jobs should affect other aspects of the Charlotte area's economy. "Freightliner has a big impact on the region outside of their walls," Hicks says, "They typically will hire a lot of other firms in the region to supply parts and manufacture sub-pieces for them, so when they start hiring, it also tends to have a significant ripple effect in the region." The Gastonia plant manufactures truck parts, and the Mount Holly plant builds heavy equipment trucks. Freightliner and the county's Workforce Development Board will have a career fair Friday to help fill the 27 administrative positions. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gaston College in Belmont.