Officials looking for glimpse into truck plant’s future

CHATHAM, Ont. — Local politicians in Chatham, Ont. are eager to meet with Navistar officials in an effort to figure out the future of the community’s truck facility.

Effective Jan. 31, 2009, about 470 workers will be laid off from the plant, which adds to the hundred or so workers who were let go earlier this year.

Following a meeting between CAW Local 127 representatives and Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, MPP Pat Hoy and MP Dave Van Kesteren, the local politicians agreed to initiate a discussion with both International Truck and Engine and its parent company Navistar on the announced layoffs.

The local politicians agreed to seek a meeting with the corporation to discuss the plant’s future and to voice the concern of community members about the impact of the layoffs. The officials will also be looking for an understanding of Navistar’s intentions for the future of the truck facility.

No meeting date has been set.

The announcement of the layoffs at Navistar’s Chatham plant came just two weeks after Daimler Trucks revealed it’s eliminating the Sterling Truck brand and closing its St. Thomas, Ont. plant.

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