Company That Left Fort Wayne Trims More Payroll

By Jeff Neumeyer
By Scott Sarvay

September 6, 2012 Updated Sep 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM EDT

Lisle, IL (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - More pain being felt by people connected with Navistar's move from Fort Wayne to Illinois.

Navistar International has announced it's cutting 200 more salaried positions in the fourth quarter.

The truck and engine maker will not breakdown the layoffs by location.

Navistar dealt Fort Wayne a major blow in 2010, when it revealed plans to re-locate its corporate headquarters to Lisle Illinois.

The shakeup cost the city more than a thousand jobs.

Local operations are being phased out through the end of the year.

There are about 200 Fort Wayne people still on Navistar's payroll.

About 70 of those are salaried workers.

By the end of 2012, only the test track will remain here, supporting between 20 and 40 jobs.

Even if the new layoffs don’t involve current Fort Wayne workers, the impact could still hit close to home.

A number of Fort Wayne engineers moved to Illinois in the corporate headquarters re-location, some agonizing over whether they wanted to pick up and move to a higher cost of living area.

Now, some could be losing their jobs anyway.

Navistar just cut 500 other salaried positions, through voluntary early retirement programs.

There are a variety of reasons for the layoffs.

The company has announced a goal to return to profitability.

Meanwhile, revenues are down, mainly due to lower military vehicle sales, reduced engine volumes in South America, and issues with engines failing to meet EPA emission standards.


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