As General Motors continues to scramble to look for ways to boost its midsize truck production, it has found an answer in Navistar.
GM was said to have approached candidates to outsource some commercial van production away from its Wentzville, Missouri facility in order to increase production of midsize trucks. Navistar is a natural fit for GM, as the company continues to shop new clients to fill a void left by Ford.
According to NASDAQ.com, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans will begin production with Navistar during the first half of 2017 at the Springfield, Ohio assembly plant. Some production will remain in-house, however.
The multi-year contract was not detailed, but Navistar was thrilled to announce 300 new jobs at the Springfield plant to also build larger commercial trucks for GM in 2018.
“It’s great news for us,” said Jason Barlow, president of United Auto Workers Union Local 402 in Springfield. “We’ve taken some pretty hard body blows in the past. We’re thrilled that GM has confidence in us.”