General Motors has found a way to look for ways to boost production of its midsize pickup trucks – the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Sierra. The answer lies in Navistar – the owner of the International Trucks brand.
The General was said to have approached candidates to outsource some commercial van production away from the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri 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.
Cutaway versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans will begin production at Navistar’s Springfield Assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio in the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, GM the Wentzville facility will also continue producing the vans.
Details of the multi-year contract are not available just yet, but Navistar was thrilled to announce 300 new jobs at the Springfield plant to also build larger commercial trucks for GM in 2018. These trucks ended up being the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty, consisting of the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, Silverado 5500HD and Silverado 6500HD.
“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.”