Daimler headquarters decision won’t affect Fort Mill operations

dworthington@heraldonline.comSeptember 14, 2013 

Daimler Trucks North America’s decision to build a new corporate headquarters in Portland, Ore., will not affect operations at the company’s marketing and sales office in Fort Mill, or its plants in North or South Carolina, company officials said Friday.

Daimler is, however, considering its “sales options” for the nearly 400 undeveloped acres it owns near Lake Wylie in York County, company spokeswoman Tracy Darchini said Friday.

Daimler purchased the land near Crowders Creek and Allison Creek in 2008 with the intention of building a 200,000-square-foot office building. At the time, there was speculation the company might move its headquarters from Portland to the Carolinas.

Daimler traces its history to the 1940s when Leland James began manufacturing trucks as the Freightliner Corp. in Portland. In 1981, Daimler-Benz AG acquired Freightliner Trucks.

The company is investing $150 million to build a new headquarters complex on Swan Island. The construction will allow Daimler to bring all of its Portland corporate staff into one location.

The company anticipates it will hire 400 new employees to meet business growth.

The headquarters is expected to open in 2016.

Daimler said it is finalizing incentives with the state of Oregon and city of Portland. The Oregonian newspaper of Portland reported Daimler has promised to stay in Portland for 25 years. The value of the incentives, according to the newspaper is 10 percent of the cost of the project.

When Daimler purchased the land near Lake Wylie in August 2007, the York County Council adopted three sets of incentives, said Mark Farris, the county’s director of economic development. The incentives were performance-based and required Daimler to build on the site, but they were not implemented as Daimler never developed the site.

Daimler has housed its marketing and sales staff at the Intelli Center-Charlotte off Gold Hill Road since 2008. About 500 people work at the Fort Mill facility.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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