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Daimler's new HQ plan could add 400 jobs

(Image is Clickable Link) by: COURTESY OF KOIN LOCAL 6 - A proposed new $150 million Daimler Trucks North America headquarters building would be constructed on Swan Island to LEED Platinum certification. The project announced Friday, Sept. 13, is expected to be done in 2016 and accommodate at least 400 new jobs.Daimler Trucks North America’s planned new $150 million headquarters project on Swan Island could make room for up to 400 new employees as the company grows.

Daimler officials said Friday that the planned 265,000-square-foot corporate headquarters building would provide room for company employees in other offices and accommodate about 400 new positions that the company anticipates it will need in the future.

The headquarters building is expected to be completed in 2016. Local and state incentives for the new building are being completed.

Daimler Trucks North America Chief Executive Officer Martin Daum said the new headquarters underscored the company’s commitment to its Portland facilities.

(Image is Clickable Link) by: COURTESY OF DTNA - Daimler Trucks North America CEO Martin Daum.“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,” Daum told reporters at Jeld-Wen Field Friday afternoon.

Gov. John Kitzhaber said the commitment would continue the company’s significant contribution to the state’s economy. “Oregon continues to be one of the most competitive states in the nation for advanced manufacturing, and the Daimler Trucks North America expansion bolsters that position,” Kitzhaber said.

Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden called Daimler’s decision a “a vote of confidence in the Oregon economy, in the state’s workforce and in Daimler’s long and prosperous association with the Pacific Northwest.”

“It is my hope that this announcement will send a message to other manufacturers that Oregon, with an educated and energetic workforce, is a great place to do business,” Wyden said.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales was “thrilled” by Daimler Trucks North America’s announcement. “This is great news for the local workforce – those working for Daimler Trucks North America as well as suppliers, subcontractors, and partners,” Hales said. “I am confident Daimler will continue to flourish here in Portland, and I look forward to collaborating with them for years to come.”

Daimler plans to build its headquarters based on LEED Platinum certification. The company also is working with the Port of Portland to enhance a greenway that runs through the property along the Willamette River to promote better access for the public.

Portland architecture firm Ankrom Moisan is working on concepts for the new headquarters.

Education donation

In addition to the new headquarters, Daimler officials also launched its Daimler Education in Motion program, which benefits nearly three dozen schools in the Portland area and Southwest Washington with more than $330,000 in donations and mentoring programs toward career development in engineering and manufacturing.

The company’s donation will support two of the campaign’s initiatives, Pathways in Manufacturing and the Daimler Educational Outreach program. Along with Vigor Industrial, Daimler is a founding sponsor of Impact NW’s Pathways to Manufacturing program. The partnership will create training programs for high school students interested in a manufacturing career. In 2013, Pathways to Manufacturing introduced a manufacturing career path to more than a dozen students from Centennial High School in Gresham, and Franklin High School in Portland, providing them with training, informational site visits and internships.

“There is a significant gap between available manufacturing jobs in Portland and the pool of skilled workers in Portland,” said Roger Nielsen, Daimler Trucks North America’s chief operating officer. “By supporting today’s students to get ahead in science, technology, engineering, and math, we hope to encourage them to stay in school and prepare to pursue the rewarding careers available to them in manufacturing.”

Daimler’s Educational Outreach Program operates on the volunteer efforts of more than 50 DTNA employees who serve as Education Outreach Liaisons to 34 schools in the Portland area and Southwest Washington.

Daimler Trucks North America builds heavy-duty trucks under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. It is a business unit of Daimler AG.