German automakers are going on a U.S. hiring binge this year.

Daimler Trucks North America, the U.S. truck division of Mercedes-Benz, said it will hire 1,100 workers this year as it adds a second shift and ramps up production at its Freightliner truck factory in Cleveland, N.C.

BMW said it will hire 300 workers this year at the Spartanburg, S.C., factory where it builds sport utility vehicles and invest $900 million in the plant by 2014.

The automaker is expanding production at the factory to meet global demand for its X series of SUVs, said Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW’s production chief.

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