GARLAND — Navistar International Corporation, the maker of International trucks, announced Tuesday it will close its sprawling assembly plant in Garland next year, ending employment for about 900 workers.
Navistar is the city's third largest employer.
"We understand that these decisions affect families and the community," said Navistar president and CEO Troy Clarke in a written statement. "We will treat people with respect and provide support to help them with their transitions."
The Garland plant, with the ironic address of 810 Easy Street, builds International WorkStar, PayStar and TranStar trucks and the MaxxPro military vehicle, according to the company's website. Production will move to the company's plants in Mexico and Ohio.
"The fact is that Navistar has too much manufacturing capacity in North America, and we must take quick action to improve our business and position the company for long-term success," Clarke explained.
Navistar said the Garland plant's shutdown will save the company as much as $35 million a year.
Garland Mayor Ronald Jones said the company did not consult with the city before deciding to go ahead with the shutdown, nor did it seek incentives. He said he is confident that Navistar workers will be able to find jobs with other manufacturers in the area.
"They're already inquiring with the Chamber; they're already inquiring with us to meet these individuals," the mayor said. "We have very large corporations, and they know the managers and these officers of these companies; they all know each other."