The Navistar plant in Melrose Park. | David Wilson/Flickr
Friday, May 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
On May 17, International Truck held a grand opening of a new flagship Used Truck Center in Melrose Park.
“While the current Used Truck Center is also located in Melrose Park, the four block move will bring it in the same building as Navistar’s Melrose Park Plant; occupying previously unused space on the land,” according to a statement released by company officials and published on Automotive World last week.
The move is the culmination of efforts by Navistar to consolidate its engine testing operations, Used Truck Reconditioning Center, certified technicians and used truck sales into one location, the statement read.
According to Jeff Heichel, vice president for used truck operations, the new center “provides an opportunity to create our most comprehensive used truck facility yet.”
“On one side of the building, we will be selling our used trucks; and on the other, we have certified technicians working on reconditioning them,” he said. “It creates a great environment that promotes sales and customer service.”
The new 5,500 sq. ft. truck center is more than twice as large as the 2,500 sq. ft. facility it will replace and is located on a 150,000 sq. ft. lot, which company officials say they could potentially expand to 206,000 sq. ft.
Last year, Navistar, an internatinoal truck and engine corporation based in Lisle, closed a reconditioning center that was in Indianapolis and relocated those operations to the Melrose Park location.
In 2014, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business article, Navistar shifted the production of its midrange enging to its Melrose Park facility from Huntsville, Alabama.
The consolidation was reported at the time to result in 75 new jobs, which included recalled employees and temporary workers.