Navistar International Corp. is boosting truck and bus production at its Escobedo, Mexico, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, assembly plants.
The company said that it would boost production at its Tulsa bus plant by 17% and its Escobedo truck plant by 24%.
“Clearly, 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,” said Jack Allen, Navistar chief operating officer. “As a result, we’re increasing our second-half production rates at two of our vehicle manufacturing operations.”
The company's truck assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio, will maintain its current production rate.
“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. And, there’s great anticipation for our vocational truck products powered by our 9L and 10L engines that will launch this summer with SCR emissions technology. With these product offerings, we’re seeing some positive momentum in our truck and bus orders and have an order backlog 80% higher than this time last year.”