Ford engine supplier idles diesel plant

International Truck and Engine Corp. on Friday idled production at its diesel engine plant in Indianapolis, company spokesman Roy Wiley said.

The engine supplier temporarily closed the plant until July 16 because of a production shutdown at a Ford Motor Co. truck plant that was planned before the automaker rolled out more cuts on Thursday, May 22.

The International plant already was scheduled to close for maintenance during the first two weeks of July, Wiley said. International supplies Fordís Kentucky Truck plant in Louisville, which makes F-series Super Duty pickup trucks.

International Truck and Engine is a division of diesel truck engine supplier Navistar International Engine Group. Navistar, of suburban Chicago, ranks No. 18 on the Automotive News list of top 150 suppliers to North America, with estimated North American automotive parts sales of $2.54 billion in 2007.

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