Freightliner plans Mexican truck factory

BOSTON -- Freightliner LLC, a truck-making unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, said today it plans to build a $300 million plant in northern Mexico.

Freightliner expects to break ground on the planned 1 million square foot site in the second quarter of 2007, with production expected to start in 2009. The facility, in Saltillo, Coahuila, will be able to build up to 30,000 commercial trucks per year and will employ 1,600 people, the company said in a statement.

The Portland, Oregon-based truckmaker said it is building the plant in anticipation of a rise in demand in 2009, when a new round of U.S. emissions regulations aimed at trucks will take effect.

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