A Look At Navistar's Future In Fort Wayne

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 12, 2010 at 6:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – The federal government announced plans Monday to give 37 million dollars in stimulus funding to Navistar of Fort Wayne.

Indiana's NewsCenter sat down with Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry for a look at what the future may hold for the truck and engine company in the Summit City.

“What we need to hear is what Navistar wants,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.

“What will it take for Navistar to remain in our community, to retain 800 jobs that we currently have in our community and to build upon that,” added Mayor Henry.

In December of 2009, Mayor Henry sent a letter to Navistar executives urging them to meet with the mayor’s office concerning a company proposal to move their Fort Wayne operations to the company headquarters in suburban Chicago.

City leaders say the meeting is a go but are still in the process of scheduling the meeting.

A Navistar spokesman adds the meeting will take place “sooner than later.”

Meanwhile, the federal grant money will go towards designing fuel-efficient truck engines.

Experts say the new initiative could also create anywhere from dozens to hundreds of new jobs if Navistar decides to stay in Fort Wayne.

“I will do all I can to work with Navistar to keep them here, to continue to work with them as primary component of this community and as a primary employer of this community. I will do all I can to retain the employee here and help Navistar grow in this community,” said Mayor Henry.

City leaders say that plan includes a financial and property transfer incentives package that would at least make the summit city more appealing.

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