3,000 jobs are staying in Illinois, thanks to the opening of a truck and diesel engine facility in Melrose Park. The governor, other politicians, company leaders and workers took part in a ribbon cutting at the new plant Monday. The new Navistar International Corp. Test and Development Center allows vehicle and engine testing to take place at one location.
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The new facility is the culmination of the company’s three-year plan to expand operations in Illinois. A pledge of $64.7 million in tax credits and grants from the state, combined with a $205 million investment from Navistar, resulted in those 3,000 permanent jobs, along with 600 more in construction, according to the governor’s office.
“There were a number of roadblocks that we encountered,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said, “but Navistar, a company who has long been committed to being in Illinois and employing people in Illinois, truly wanted to stay here.”
Along with the testing center, Navistar renovated facilities in Joliet and Lisle with help from a financing package put together by DuPage, DeKalb, Douglas, Henry, Kankakee, Lake, and Winnebago counties.
“Illinois is a special place for Navistar. Our history, our people, and our future are here,” Navistar’s President Troy Clarke said. The company is looking to turn around losses suffered since a new diesel engine design failed to win regulatory approval last year.