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Daimler announces headquarters expansion, adding 400 new jobs

September 19, 2013

On Friday, September 13, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that it is expanding its corporate headquarters in Portland. The $150,000,000+ project includes a new 265,000 square foot corporate headquarters building and a parking garage. The new HQ will allow DTNA to merge employees currently located in offices in NW Portland and eventually accommodate approximately 400 new positions. These positions are in addition to the company’s existing workforce of more than 1,500 headquarters staff.

“As we prepare for our future, our new headquarters building in Portland will position us for long-term business optimization and efficiencies while enhancing the employee experience in a contemporary, environmentally friendly and technically advanced facility,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. “We are pleased to announce these actions that underscore our ongoing commitment to the City of Portland and the state of Oregon.”

DTNA officials also announced they plan to pursue LEED Platinum and will also work with the Port of Portland to enhance the greenway that runs through the property along the Willamette River. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

PDC provided an $8 million forgivable loan, based on job creation requirements of 400 new employees and at least $135 million in investments. In addition, following the completion of the project, DTNA is eligible for an estimated $7 million Enterprise Zone tax abatement and up to $500,000 in E-Zone workforce training funds. The State of Oregon is providing $4 million in project funding.

In the 1940s, Leland James began manufacturing trucks in Portland as the Freightliner Corporation. In 1981, Daimler-Benz AG (now Daimler AG), one of the world’s premier automotive companies and builder of heavy-duty commercial vehicles, purchased Freightliner Trucks from Consolidated Freightways. DTNA is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It manufactures, sells, and services commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates.