PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Daimler Trucks North America will expand its Portland headquarters after state and city officials offered nearly $20 million in incentives.
The company said Friday its new 270,000 square foot building will house 400 new workers and hundreds of existing employees now working in rented offices. The expansion will happen on the company's existing campus on Swan Island.
Daimler CEO Martin Daum said the average salary will be $80,000.
Daimler makes heavy-duty trucks and school buses under brands that include Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built. It employs about 2,800 people in Portland, including about 750 people in blue-collar manufacturing jobs.
Gov. John Kitzhaber says Daimler's decision to expand in Portland will ensure that its manufacturing jobs also are protected.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales confirmed a local architecture firm and local contractors will do the work on the Daimler headquarters. "The ripple effect is huge," he said while leaving the press conference.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.
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