Navistar International Corporation (IW500/102) reported some details of a new agreement with General Motors (IW500/3) to manufacture the cutaway model of GM's G Van at Navistar's Springfield, Ohio, plant. Assembly will begin in the first half of 2017, it said, but the production volume and other details of the contract were not provided.
A GM executive, North American manufacturing and labor relations vice president Cathy Clegg, said the " partnership will provide our Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant more flexibility to keep up with continued demand for mid-size trucks and full size vans."
The multi-year contract will result in Navistar adding at least 300 jobs at the western Ohio operation, re-commissioning a second assembly line there, it said in its announcement.
Last September, GM and Navistar announced a long-term agreement to work together to develop and assemble medium-duty trucks. They said then their initiative would help “Navistar to strengthen its product lineup and GM to expand its Chevrolet commercial truck portfolio.”