Big Engines For Huntsville
Posted on October 30, 2006
International Truck and Engine Corporation, the principal operating subsidiary of Navistar International Corp. announced it will build its new Class 8 big bore diesel engines in Huntsville, Ala. The new engines, the largest in the MaxxForce family of commercial-truck diesel engines, will be built at a new assembly plant in Huntsville. The investment cost is not being disclosed.
More than 175 employees are expected to work at the new facility. Full production at Huntsville will begin in spring 2008. Initial engines will be partially assembled in Germany and finished and trimmed in Huntsville and will be available beginning in fall 2007. The new facility will be an assembly only operation. Core engine components will be sourced globally from suppliers and shipped to the plant.
“Huntsville was selected to produce these new big bore truck diesel engines because of our strong workforce in Huntsville and its clear track record of building high-quality engines at a competitive cost,” said Dan Ustian, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Navistar International Corporation.
International’s current Huntsville plant – International Diesel of Alabama, LCC – produces engines for International trucks, as well as Ford trucks and vans. “Since we began operations in Huntsville in 2002, we’ve built more than 375,000 V-6 and V-8 diesel engines,” said Donna Miller, plant manager of International Diesel of Alabama.
Branded the MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13, the engines are inline six-cylinder diesels based on the MAN D20 engine platform. The International big-bore class of engines will be offered exclusively in International ProStar line-haul tractors, International 8600 regional-haul tractors and International 7000 Series severe service trucks.
“This is the first heavy-duty Class 8 truck engine designed in and for the 21st century, taking advantage of recent materials and technology advances,” said Jacob Thomas, vice president, Big Bore Diesel Engines Business Unit, International Engine Group.