‘G Van’ to Be Built in Springfield, Ohio Starting Next Year
Navistar, increasing its role in light duty vehicles, said yesterday that it will manufacture GM’s “G Van” at its plant in Springfield, Ohio starting in the first half of 2017. Citing a multi-year contract, Navistar said it will recommission its second line at the facility, adding “at least” 300 jobs.
“Our Springfield plant is an important part of our manufacturing footprint, and we’ve been preparing it for a higher volume concentration of light- and medium-duty products as part of our manufacturing strategy,” Navistar operations president Persio Lisboa said in a release.
“This is an important step towards our goal to drive automotive quality into the commercial vehicle industry.”
Navistar notes that GM’s Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, manufactured full-length on frame, are upfitted into utility or service vehicles, ambulance or rescue vehicles, shuttle buses or school buses.
“This partnership will provide our Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant more flexibility to keep up with continued demand for mid-size trucks and full size vans,” said GM North America manufacturing and labor relations VP Cathy Clegg says in the Navistar release.
No word from either company on whether Navistar will produce gaseous fuel-powered van at Springfield. GM is developing a new strategy for CNG/compressed natural gas vehicles, and plans to include propane autogas as well (F&F, May 11).
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