Navistar, a leading maker of commercial trucks and buses, has decided to make capital investments of approximately $125 million in new and expanded manufacturing facilities in the state of Alabama, the company announced. The investment will bring 145 additional jobs to the company's Huntsville facility.
The company, which already manufactures International brand diesel engines at its plant in Huntsville, AL, plans to make the new investments over the next 3 years. Its intent is to produce next-generation big-bore powertrains developed with its global alliance partner TRATON.
"Over the last two decades, the state of Alabama has been a wonderful partner for Navistar as we have developed and produced big-bore engines and other products in the state," says Persio Lisboa, Navistar's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Today, we are excited to have the opportunity to expand our presence in Alabama, while adding to our array of next-generation products."
The principal engine currently built at Navistar's Huntsville plant is the International A26, a 12.4-L big-bore engine that is offered in Class 8 on-highway trucks such as the International LT Series and RH Series, as well as in vocational trucks such as the International HV Series and HX Series.
"Navistar has been a longstanding corporate partner in our community and we are glad to see the company continues to see Huntsville as a strategic part of their growth strategy," says Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville, AL. "We welcome the new production component to Navistar's manufacturing operations and look forward to a successful future."