LISLE, Ill. -- Navistar International has announced it will close its Garland, Texas truck plant as part of its ongoing restructuring.
About 900 salaried, hourly and third-party temporary workers are employed at the plant. The plant will be shut down by the first half of 2013, with production moved to other Navistar plants that currently build similar models.
The Garland plant is also where the Caterpillar CT660 is produced.
“Closing a facility is always difficult because of its impact on the many great people who’ve been part of our company,” said Troy Clarke, Navistar president and COO. “But the fact is that Navistar has too much manufacturing capacity in North America and we must take quick action to improve our business and position the company for long-term success.”
“We understand that these decisions affect employees and the community,” Clarke added. “We will treat people with respect and provide support to help them with their transitions.”
Navistar said the plant closure is part of a 12- to 18-month turnaround. The closure will reduce operating costs by US$25-$35 million per year.