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MOUNT HOLLY, NC (AP) -- President Barack Obama is planning another trip to North Carolina, this time visiting a truck plant that has been hiring new workers to help fill an uptick in orders.

Obama will talk Wednesday about the economy at a Freightliner plant in Mount Holly, a community of 14,000 people south of Charlotte. It's one of three Freightliner plants in the Charlotte area.

His trip comes less than a week after first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited North Carolina, a key battleground state for the presidential election.

At one time, the Freightliner plant in Cleveland employed nearly 4,000 workers. Now it has about 1,600. But union president Corey Hill says more callbacks on the way.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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