IL – Navistar will stop producing medium-duty engines at its plant in
Melrose Park, Illinois, beginning in the second quarter of its 2018
Most of the proprietary engines made in Melrose Park are nine- and
10-liter models for Class 6 and 7 trucks. Navistar reintroduced the
option of a 6.7-liter Cummins engine in 2013, followed last year with
the option of a nine-liter Cummins.
Cummins engines for Class 6 and 7 trucks are produced in Indiana and
North Carolina, while Navistar makes big-bore engines for Class 8 trucks
About 170 employees will be affected, reducing Navistar’s operating
costs about US $12 million per year. The company says a “significant
portion” of the hourly employees are eligible for retirement.
"Ceasing production of engines at Melrose Park is a difficult
decision, but represents another important step on our journey to
strengthening the company's competitiveness," said Persio Lisboa,
Navistar’s Chief Operating Officer. "Our N9/10 engine family was updated
in 2014 and since then has served as a competitive niche offering for
specific medium-duty vehicles. As we approach future regulatory
requirements, the low volume nature of the platform could not justify
further product development investments on it."
The company still has a presence at Melrose Park, where facilities
are being transformed into a technical center for testing and validating
trucks and engines, and also selling and reconditioning used trucks.
That transformation began in 2010.
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