Navistar Diesel of Alabama is adding 110,000 square feet to its Huntsville production facility. A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for the $125 million expansion, which is expected to add 145 jobs to the plant, doubling the number of workers at the facility.
The addition will house the production of a fully integrated International big-bore powertrain, developed with Navistar’s partner TRATON.
Currently, Navistar manufactures the International® A26, a 12.4 liter big-bore engine that is offered on Class 8 on-highway trucks such as the International LT® Series and RH™ Series, as well as in vocational trucks, such as the International HV™ Series and HX® Series. These are manufactured in the plant’s existing 300,000 square feet.
The additional manufacturing and assembly space is slated to open in the first half of 2023. It will provide the space to produce the next generation of big-bore powertrains developed by TRATON, increasing Navistar’s product portfolio to better serve its customers.
This new space will include additional quality control and flexibility, building upon the company’s use of robots and cameras. Navistar currently uses 12 robots and more than 200 cameras in the current plant space.
In late January, TRATON offered an unsolicited bid to buy out Navistar International Corp., a bid that Navistar officials say their board is considering consistent with its fiduciary duties. For more details on the TRATON offer, see https://southernautomotivealliance.com/traton-proposes-buyout-of-navistar.