An engine manufacturer has announced it will be moving part of its production output from its Huntsville plant later this year.
Navistar announced Thursday it will be moving its mid-range engine production from Huntsville to Melrose Park, Illinois.
"Ending production at a facility is a difficult decision because of its impact on the many great people who have been part of our company," said Navistar COO Jack Allen. "We understand that these decisions have an impact on our employees and the community and will treat our people with dignity and respect throughout this process."
The company announced the move is part of a consolidation plan. 280 jobs in Huntsville will be affected; those jobs are expected to be phased out by the summer.
Navistar will continue to build its 13-liter engines from the Huntsville plant.
"Navistar has been a premiere tenant in the Jetplex Industrial Park for the past 15 years and will continue to be so," said Port of Huntsville Executive Director Rick Tucker. "These workers are highly skilled, productive and of such high quality that there should be new opportunities for this labor force with the recent economic development announcements in our community."
The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce said they will support the affected workers with job fairs coordinated with Navistar and by reaching out to area companies that may have needs for highly-skilled manufacturing employees.
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