About a month after Thomas Built Buses recalled more than 100 factory workers who were laid off last year, the school bus manufacturer announced that it added 50 new line positions in response to a "significant" increase in customer orders.
The new employees are working on the Saf-T-Liner C2 production line in High Point, N.C., where the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources honored the company for its "green" sustainability practices.
Thomas added that the new positions were necessary because there remained staffing needs after the employee recall list from last summer had been exhausted because of increased orders from school districts nationwide and especially in North Carolina. A link with information on the new jobs is available on the Daimler Trucks North America website.
Planned production and workforce changes were shared with employees at all Thomas Built facilities on Jan. 19.
"We are delighted with the positive response of the state of North Carolina to our recent bid, and honored to be considered the preferred choice for the state's school districts. Customers are recognizing the value and quality of our products as they focus on the total cost of ownership in today's challenging environment," said Kelley Platt, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. "We look forward to welcoming our new employees to the Thomas Built family."