More layoffs in store for Navistar’s Chatham plant

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CHATHAM, Ont. — Two-hundred more workers at the Navistar assembly plant here have received pink slips, according to a report in the Toronto Star.


They will be off the job March 1, bringing the total number of laid off workers at the plant to more than 1,000. Fewer than 200 plant workers will remain there, the Star reported.


Union reps are planning to meet with management to discuss the long-term feasibility of the Chatham plant, where the International ProStar and LoneStar tractors are built. The Star reported that production will drop to 35 Class 8 tractors per day when the March 1 layoffs take place.


FTR Associates, a transportation industry forecaster, released preliminary truck sales figures for December on Monday, which show Class 8 net orders in North America totaled just 8,775 units. That’s the lowest number since mid-2002 and it’s a 45% drop over the same month last year.


FTR Associates plans to release its full report later this month.

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