LISLE, Ill. — Navistar announced today that it has partnered with General Motors (GM) to manufacture the cutaway model of GM’s G Van at Navistar’s Springfield, Ohio plant starting in early 2017.
Navistar said that thanks to this multi-year contract, it will add at least 300 new jobs and recommission its second line at the plant.
“We’re very pleased to partner with GM on this important manufacturing opportunity,” said Persio Lisboa, president, Navistar operations. “Our Springfield plant is an important part of our manufacturing footprint, and we’ve been preparing it for a higher volume concentration of light- and medium-duty products as part of our manufacturing strategy. This is an important step towards our goal to drive automotive quality into the commercial vehicle industry.”
GM produces cutaway vans for commercial customers, and its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, which are full-length on frame, are upfitted into utility or service vehicles, ambulance or rescue vehicles, shuttle buses or school buses.
“This partnership will provide our Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant more flexibility to keep up with continued demand for mid-size trucks and full size vans,” added Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice-president.
Navistar and GM are not disclosing any further details of the agreement at this time.