Navistar International Corp. plans to boost production rates in the second half of the year at its heavy-duty truck assembly plant in Escobedo, Mexico, and its bus assembly plant in Tulsa, Okla.
The Escobedo plant will boost its average daily production rate by about 24%. Navistar’s truck assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio, will maintain its current production rate as several facility upgrades are completed and lean manufacturing principles are implemented to drive long-term efficiency and product quality improvements.
“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,” Chief Operating Officer Jack Allen said in a statement. “As a result, we’re increasing our second-half production rates at two of our vehicle manufacturing operations.”
“In the Class 8 market, we have a complete portfolio of products that deliver the uptime, fuel economy and driver satisfaction our customers demand,” Allen said. “We’re seeing strong interest from customers for the Cummins ISB engine in our medium-duty trucks and school buses.”