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Navistar Announces Production Increases

Posted on April 24, 2014

Navistar International Corp. announced that it is increasing its production rates at its heavy truck assembly plant in Escobedo, Mexico, as well as its bus assembly plant in Tulsa, Okla.

"Clearly, we're seeing some positive trends in the industry, but more importantly, we're seeing good customer response to our product offerings in the market," said Jack Allen, Navistar chief operating officer. "As a result, we're increasing our second-half production rates at two of our vehicle manufacturing operations.

"We're seeing strong interest from customers for the Cummins ISB engine in our medium-duty trucks and school buses. And there's great anticipation for our vocational truck products powered by our 9 and 10 L engines that will launch this summer with SCR emissions technology. With these product offerings, we're seeing some positive momentum in our truck and bus orders and have an order backlog 80% higher than this time last year."

In the second half of the year, the Tulsa bus plant will increase its average daily production rate by about 17% over the first half rate while the Escobedo heavy truck plant will increase its average daily production rate by about 24%, the company said. Navistar said the truck assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio, will maintain its current production rate following the completion of facility upgrades.