Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -
Hundreds of people could soon be out of a job as Daimler Trucks North America warns of possible job cuts nationwide.
According to company officials, DTNA "is in the process of notifying production workers across DTNA's North American manufacturing facilities of a potential layoff in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act."
Daimler has not confirmed how many people could lose their jobs in the Charlotte area.
But employees told WBTV as many as 80 people could lose their jobs in Gastonia, possibly 400 in Mount Holly and up to 715 in Cleveland.
"It hurts. It's a hardship on everybody. You don't ever want to lose a job," said one employee.
A spokesman for the company would not give an exact number. The company is expected to release more information on Thursday.
At Mount Holly's Freightliner Plant, it is the waiting that seems to be the toughest.
Who stays, who goes, and when will the Pink slips be handed out?
Gloom perhaps, but along Main Street optimism can be found.
This Friday, Kerry Queen will open a new downtown bakery in Mount Holly, and she call's the issues at Freightliner a temporary inconvenience.
" I do think it's a cycle" she said."It's all gonna level back out and the economy is gonna be better."
Whenever the big truck plant catches a bad cold, the rest of Mount Holly ends up with the shivers, but those who understand economic trends understand the climate.
Donnie Hicks heads up Gaston County Office of Economic Development.
"I think it will again be a temporary move and that Freightliner will bounce back. They have a majority of the market in the U.S."Hicks said.
The plant did get a visit from the president in recent months, but that didn't stave off what's to come.
Job cuts aren't painting the total picture; because Freightliner is building is creating another local silver lining in Gaston County.
Hicks said, "They're making a huge commitment and to Gaston County, they're building a 310 thousand square foot logistics center."
Back on Main Street, Kerry Queen is holding on to hope.
"We've got so much support from family and friends. I think we will do very well."
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs.
This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives.
"We hate to see anybody get laid off," said Mt. Holly resident Jack Stetzer.
WARN also stipulates that if there is a mass layoff, which does not result from a plant closing, but which will result in an employment loss at the employment site during any 30-day period for 500 or more employees, or a third of the employer's active workforce, notice must be given.
Freightliner plants in Gastonia and Mount Holly reportedly employ approximately 2,900 people.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>