Navistar to Locate Workhorse Operations in Ohio
Navistar International Corp. will move production for its Workhorse Custom Chassis Corp. subsidiary to a facility in Springfield, Ohio. As reported by the Springfield News Sun, Navistar closed down the Workhorse plant in Union City, Ind., this year.
The Springfield plant will transition the Workhorse truck chassis line into production in mid-2012. There are no predictions as to how many trucks that will add to production, and there are no immediate plans to add new jobs, said Steve Schrier, Navistar spokesperson. Workhorse was once a major player in the Class A gas motorhome chassis market, but no longer builds the platforms.
“This was announced to workers (Monday),” Schrier said. “It’s positive and good news for the people in Springfield.”
The new truck line is the second one Springfield has received from other Navistar plants. In 2008, Springfield began producing ProStar daybeds from the idle Chatham, Ontario plant, which allowed Springfield to recall some of the 250 workers laid off last October.
The new production line may not immediately bring new jobs, but it ensures that recalled workers can keep their jobs. The last of all laid off workers were recalled in August.
“This also shows we went from roughly 300 people on the assembly line growing toward 1,000,” said John Detrick, Clark County Commissioner. “This is the first time in a decade we’ve been in a position to potentially add jobs.”
Production has been steady enough that Navistar has actually added some temporary jobs this year. Schrier said temp workers take up about 3% of the work force, which is currently at 750 workers.