Stuttgart, Germany – Daimler Trucks North America has opened a new manufacturing plant in Saltillo, Coahuila in northern Mexico to build the new Freightliner Cascadia.

The US$300 million plant is expected to create 1,400 direct jobs and 200 indirect ones, along with 1,100 jobs within the local supplier industry. Construction on the plant, which includes a production facility, logistics centre, administration and training centre, began in January 2007.

The Cascadia heavy-duty Class 8 truck will be introduced in Mexico in late 2009. The plant will produce up to 30,000 trucks annually for sale in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. It is the second Daimler Trucks North America manufacturing plant to be located in Mexico, joining the Santiago Tianguistenco plant, which produces heavy- and medium-duty Freightliner trucks.

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