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June 18, 2014

Navistar to cut Huntsville workers, hire in Shoals

GREENHILL, ALABAMA — CHEROKEE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama automotive firm Navistar is preparing to consolidate an engine production plant and cut 280 workers in Huntsville.

But the truck and engine maker is also hiring employees at another Alabama plant, about 80 miles to the west in the Shoals region.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1lDh0D8) that Navistar is hiring at its plant in Barton Riverfront Industrial Park in the Shoals community of Cherokee.

Alabama Industrial Development Training posted this week posted an announcement on its website seeking production team applicants for a pre-employment training program at Navistar's Cherokee facility.

The positions, which include benefits and start at $12 to $14 per hour, Al.com reported.

The company makes heavy steel fabrications and assemblies for railcars and other industries.

Navistar said in February it would seek to save about $22 million in annual operating costs by idling its mid-range engine facility in Jetplex Industrial Park near Huntsville International Airport.

Some of the firm's engine manufacturing in Huntsville has already moved to Melrose Park, Illinois. The transition is expected to be complete late this summer.

Navistar spokesman Steve Schrier said employees affected by the Huntsville layoff are encouraged to apply for open positions at other Navistar plants, but the company does not offer a transfer option to its workers.

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