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Minuteman Trucks Blog

April 2019 | Navistar Inc.

Company Overview

Navistar is a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, and engines

  • 14,000 worldwide employees (as of October 31, 2018)
  • Headquartered in Lisle, IL
  • Manufacturing operations in four countries (U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil)
  • Largest dealer network in North America
  • One of the largest commercial vehicle parts distribution networks in North America
  • Core business: U.S. and Canada truck and parts markets
    • Nearly one in four Class 6 through 8 vehicles on the road today is a Navistar International truck
    • We also produce over a third of all school buses used in North America
  • Outside our core markets, International is a leading truck brand in Mexico and much of
  • We are also the largest diesel engine company in Brazil, with our wholly owned subsidiary International Indústria Automotiva da América do Sul Ltda. (“IIAA”), formerly MWM International Industria De Motores Da America Do Sul Ltda
  • In addition, we export trucks, buses and engines to niche markets around the world

Company History

1831–Cyrus McCormick builds first mechanical reaper

1902 –The International Harvester Company was formed by the merger of McCormick, Deering Harvester Company and three smaller makers of agricultural equipment

1920 –International Harvester begins construction of a truck factory at Fort Wayne, Ind. Production at the site begins in 1923, the same year that truck production starts at Chatham Works in Chatham, Ontario. The Springfield Works (Springfield, Ohio) is converted to truck manufacturing in 1921

1942 –In the wake of Pearl Harbor, International Harvester ramps up its military production, nearly doubling its output of crawler tractors (trucks) for the Army and Navy and for export to Allied Forces

1986 –After 155 years in the farm equipment business, International Harvester sells its Agriculture Division to J.I Case, along with the IH name. Now focused on commercial trucks and engines, the company is renamed Navistar International Corporation

2000 –Navistar acquires MaxionMotoresin Brazil, expanding its engine business to South America

2001 –International launches the common platform 4000, 7000 and 8000 series trucks, dubbed “The Industry’s First High Performance Trucks,” representing the most comprehensive product launch in the history of the company

2004 –Navistar enters the defense business with the formation of International Military and Government, LLC, renamed Navistar Defense, LLC, in 2008

2005 –Navistar forms commercial truck joint venture with Mahindra & Mahindra of India and acquires Workhorse Custom Chassis. The company acquires MWM in South America and consolidates its existing South American engine company to form MWM-International

2009 –Navistar and Caterpillar enter strategic alliance for global truck market and severe service trucks for North America

2011 –Several new products are introduced, including the WorkStar® Sloped Hood, TerraStar® 4×4 and LoneStar® with MaxxForce® 13.  Navistar Engine introduces the MaxxForce® 15 engine, while Navistar Defense introduces the Saratoga™ Light Tactical Vehicle

2012 –Navistar JAC (China) receives joint venture approval. Navistar announces shift to SCR emissions technology and the addition of the Cummins ISX to its heavy-duty engine offerings

2013 –Navistar launches its complete heavy-duty Class 8 truck portfolio with SCR-based emissions technology. The company also announces the inclusion of the Cummins ISB 6.7 liter engine for its medium-duty DuraStarand CE Series school bus

2014 –Navistar enhances OnCommand Connection system offerings. International truck launches industry’s best fuel efficiency package–the ProStarES

2015 –Navistar launches propane school bus for customers seeking alternative fuel engine

2016 –Navistar launches new products and product features: HX Series and LT Series. The company also announces wide-ranging strategic alliance with TRATON AG

2017 –Navistar closes strategic alliance with TRATON AG. The company also unveils new A26 –12.4 liter engine and new RH Series vocational truck

2017 –Navistar launches the HV Series, and introduces Uptime Command Center

2018–Navistar launches the CV and MV Series

Manufacturing Facilities

Today, our products, parts and services are sold throughout a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Mexico and more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world. With facilities on six continents -North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia -we have the power to provide the most strategic and innovative technology solutions to our customers, no matter where they are.

Springfield Assembly Plant -Springfield, Ohio, USA

  • Consists of Assembly Plant, Paint Facility, and Truck Specialty Center
  • Has two lines of production and primarily includes medium-duty trucks, as well as other vehicles for original equipment manufacturers

Tulsa Bus Plant -Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

  • Began assembly operations in 2001
  • Comprises more than 1 million square feet of manufacturing space
  • Centered around production of integrated conventional, or CE Series, school buses

Navistar Technical & Used Truck Reconditioning Center –Melrose Park, Illinois, USA

  • Houses Navistar’s world-class engineering test and development center, which enables product testing in extreme climactic conditions

Navistar Big Bore Diesel of Alabama, LLC –Huntsville, Alabama, USA

  • Boasts a state-of-the-art diesel engine manufacturing facility, which produces technologically advanced clean diesel engines, including Navistar’s proprietary 13-liter Big Bore engines

Escobedo Assembly Plant –Escobedo, Mexico 

  • Opened in 1998, has two lines of production and produces a full-range of Class 8 vehicles

Navistar Engine Plant & Technical Center –Santo Amaro, São Paulo, Brazil

  • Produces a full line of diesel engines for use by original equipment manufacturers, the MAN D08 engine under contract manufacturing and cylinder blocks for Navistar’s Big Bore engines
  • MWM Sprint and Acteon lines produce engine series 10, 12, and 229 for vehicular, agricultural, industrial and marine market segments
  • Home to the Technology and Development Center, where MWM-International engines are engineered and tested