CHICAGO - Navistar International Inc. will consider spots other than its Springfield, Ohio, plant to build a new medium-duty truck line if the company does not resolve an impasse with the UAW soon, CEO John Horne said.
Navistar and the UAW resumed talks two weeks ago aimed at settling differences that have kept plans for the so-called Next Generation Truck on the shelf since September 1996, Horne said.
'If we can't find something soon, we'll have to pursue another path,' Horne said.
A three-year pact with 4,400 workers at the Springfield plant expires in October 1998.
The NGT will be built using a modular process that lets suppliers ship completed components, such as cabs, reducing the number of parts workers must handle.
The cab on Springfield's current medium-duty truck 'takes 25 man-hours to make,' Horne said. 'NGT will take four. It's that kind of modernization.'