Navistar to build £200m truck manufacturing plant in Texas, US

WCN Editorial Team 24 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

US-based truck maker Navistar International has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility with an investment of more than $250m (£200.3m) in San Antonio, Texas, US.

Subject to finalisation of various incentive packages, the plant will produce three different sized trucks which are class 6, class 7, and class 8, and create around 600 jobs in San Antonio.

Navistar chairman, president and CEO Troy Clarke said: "Over the last five years, Navistar has made significant investments to improve our position in the market.

"This investment will create a benchmark assembly facility to improve quality, lower costs and provide capacity to support anticipated industry growth, as well as market share gains."

Texas governor Abbott said: "This investment by Navistar is paramount to Texas' success in growing our diverse and highly skilled manufacturing workforce.

"The Lone Star State is the new frontier in innovation and I am confident that this partnership will usher in even greater economic prosperity for our state."

The new plant will complement the firm’s existing manufacturing footprint including the truck assembly plants in Springfield, Ohio in the US and Escobedo, Mexico.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said: "The County has, for many years, been touting the strength of our Texas-Mexico region as a platform for vehicle production.

"Navistar's decision to locate their newest facility here is just the latest affirmation that our community is uniquely situated to host world-class companies in advanced manufacturing industries. We are thrilled to have them in Bexar County."

Earlier this year, Navistar in partnership with Germany-based truck maker Traton has announced plans to invest $125m (£100m) in the engine plant located in Huntsville, Alabama in the US, over the next three years.

The investment will allow the company's Huntsville facility to manufacture next-generation powertrains, and create 145 additional jobs at the facility.

The truck maker has planned to break ground on the new plant later this year and the production is expected to begin approximately 24 months later.

Image: The Navistar’s new plant will manufacture Class 6-8 vehicles. Photo: courtesy of Navistar, Inc.

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