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Navistar in Huntsville moving along with engine plant consolidation

Efforts to eliminate 280 jobs and transfer Navistar's medium-duty truck engine production in Huntsville to Melrose Park, Ill., are underway.

On the heels of a $110 million gun plant announcement by Remington Outdoor Co., Navistar said in February it will look to save approximately $22 million in annual operating costs by idling its mid-range engine facility in Jetplex Industrial Park near Huntsville International Airport.

Navistar spokesman Steve Schrier said some of the company's engine manufacturing has already moved to Illinois as officials work to complete the consolidation over the next few months.

"We will continue to build mid-range engines in our Huntsville plant to meet customer demand in the months ahead and expect the consolidation will be complete toward the end of the summer," Schrier told AL.com.

All of the machinery in the idled facility will remain on site for potential strategic partnerships.

Navistar, which will continue producing 13-liter engines at the big bore engine plant in Huntsville, was one of several companies touted as top hubs for manufacturing during a special Huntsville City Council meeting discussing the Remington plant development in February.

The company also has a mile-long National Alabama Railcar Plant in western Colbert County. Navistar signed a 10-year lease in September 2011 for the facility, which was converted to build the new LoadStar vehicle.

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