CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fontaine Modification is reopening its truck modification centre in Springfield, Ohio. The facility provides post-production modifications on Navistar on-highway and vocational trucks for dealers and fleets across North America.
Fontaine is returning to a facility it operated at 5325 Prosperity Drive in Springfield for more than 20 years until 2011, when Navistar announced it was shifting production from Ohio to Texas and Mexico. Fontaine officials say the decision to reopen its Springfield facility was driven by Navistar’s Oct. 30 announcement that it will close its Garland, Texas, truck manufacturing operation early in 2013, and shift all production to both Springfield, Ohio, and Escobedo, Mexico. The modification centre is located near Navistar’s Springfield truck manufacturing facility. Fontaine’s present ship-thru arrangements with Navistar will continue in Springfield, the company announced
“Reopening our Springfield modification centre will provide us with increased access to new Navistar trucks, enabling us to continue to seamlessly provide high quality in-line and stall-built truck modifications to our customers,” says Will Trantham, president of Fontaine Modification. “We will also consolidate all of our Navistar truck steering conversions, including stand-up right drive and sit-down dual drive, at the Springfield modification centre, similar to what we had done in Garland, Texas. We have found that consolidating these more complex modifications into a single centre results in increased quality and reduced vehicle dwell time.”
Production at the Springfield modification centre will begin in December. Officials say the decision of how to proceed in Garland, Texas, will be determined in the first quarter of 2013.