Commercial vehicle manufacturer breaking ground on new facility

A leading commercial vehicle manufacturer is ready to break ground on a new facility.

The leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in North America is set to build a new headquarters in the Northwest, according to multiple reports.

Daimler Trucks North America is slated to start construction on a new facility and parking garage in Portland. The company already resides in the city on its Swan Island campus, but the expanded operation is expected to help the company in multiple facets.

"I'm thrilled that Daimler Trucks North America has announced Portland for its expansion," Mayor Charlie Hales told the Commercial Carrier Journal. "Daimler Trucks North America is a proven industry leader, and a committed community partner. This is great news for the local workforce – those working for Daimler Trucks North America as well as suppliers, subcontractors, and partners."

The project, which would build a new 265,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, serves two purposes. It would accommodate roughly 400 new positions in Portland, and it would combine offices that are currently separated by the Willamette River.

"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 of the company, according to the Commercial Carrier Journal.

Expected to be complete in 2016, the project is slated to cost $150 million. Daum said the company was "pleased" to announce the plans and the company's commitment to Portland and the state of Oregon.

The facility's design will be be similar to modern Portland architecture and will permit public access to the riverfront. Local architecture firm Ankrom Moisan is currently designing the concept.

Oregon officials happy with plans
Daimler Trucks' goal is that the new facility will attain LEED Platinum Certification, which is the best certification for being environmentally friendly through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was pleased with the announcement.

"Daimler Trucks North America has been headquartered in Portland for more than 70 years, contributing significantly to Oregon's economy by producing world-class products and well-paying jobs," Kitzhaber said, according to the Commercial Carrier Journal. "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."

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