More Layoffs at Paccar

In addition to the layoffs at the Chillicothe, Ohio plant that we reported last week, here's news that the Renton plant will be shut down between April 4-17.But the eye-watering news is the projected output as of the 18th April. At present, Renton is producing 30 trucks a day. On resumption, that figure will be nearly halved to just 18 units per day.

DaimlerChrysler Opens Ladson SC Sprinter Plant

DaimlerChrysler has officially opened its new US Sprinter plant at Ladson, South Carolina. The new facility - built on the site of the old American LaFrance fire truck plant will allow US Sprinter build capacity to 32,000 units, which will be badged both as Freightliner and Dodge products. It represents an investment of $35 million and employs 180 people.