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Navistar Expanding Texas Trucks Project

Feb. 17, 2021
A second operation in San Antonio will house support functions for the new assembly plant, plus a validation facility for electric trucks and a customization center.

Navistar is nearing completion for the $250-millon heavy-duty truck assembly plant it started almost two years ago near San Antonio, Tex., and now has expanded the scope of its plans there. It will develop a nearby site to house “support functions” for the new assembly plant, as well as a truck validation center to test and validate components of its electric trucks, and a center for post-production customization of trucks.

The initial plant project -- scheduled to begin assembling Class 6 through Class 8 commercial trucks on a single production line by midyear, including electric-powered trucks -- will employ approximately 600 workers.

The second operation will employ 60 workers, starting next year. Project engineers working on the first plant will begin working at the new property by June.

Navistar reports its total investment in the San Antonio area will exceed $275 million and is part of the Navistar 4.0 growth strategy.

"Our expanded footprint in Texas near our manufacturing plant will allow us to dedicate space to new technologies like self-driving and connected vehicles, as well as support our growing investments in electrification and fuel cells," stated president of operations Phil Christman. "Our team in Texas will work in tandem with our colleagues at our Lisle headquarters, the Navistar Proving Grounds, and other operations to support making best-in-class products."

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