Wednesday, April 25, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: International trucks, a brand of Navistar. | Callie Lipkin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Navistar, the international truck and engine corporation based in Lisle, announced last August that it would stop producing engines at its Melrose Park location. Back then, company officials estimated that the move meant that 170 employees would be laid off.
A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act report released for March, however, indicates that the number of workers laid off at the Melrose Park facility would actually total 207 — 37 more than the company announced last year.
According to the WARN report, the date of the first layoff is scheduled for May 4 while the last layoff date is scheduled for May 17. The report does not go into any detail about the cause of the increased layoffs and company officials could not be reached on Wednesday evening.
Part of the WARN report indicating the extent of Navistar’s mass layoff resulting from its decision to cease production of engines at its Melrose Park plant. | State of Illinois
“Many of the employees are eligible for retirement,” Lyndi McMillan, a Navistar spokesperson, told Crain’s Chicago Business last year. “After the layoff, 400 employees will remain at the [Melrose Park] facility in two separate units: truck and engine testing and used truck sales and reconditioning.”
Last May, Navistar held a grand opening of its flagship Used Truck Center in Melrose Park.
The opening was the culmination of efforts by Navistar to consolidate its engine testing operations, Used Truck Reconditioning Center, certified technicians and used truck sales into a single location, company officials said at the time.
Last year, Navistar closed a reconditioning center that was in Indianapolis and relocated those operations to the Melrose Park location.
News of the 207 layoffs coincides with reports that Volkswagen Truck & Bus may be looking to buy out Navistar. VFP
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