Navistar aims to demolish idled truck plant

Jason Cannon

May 9, 2013

A Canadian factory used by Navistar to manufacture its trucks for more than half a century may soon be reduced to a memory.

The Ontario-area plant that at one time employed more than 2,000 workers was marked for closure in 2011, and union labor disputes ground production to a halt two years earlier.

The Chatham Daily News reported Thursday the truck maker intends to demolish the building with future plans remaining unclear.

“Navistar has initiated a request for proposal process with local contractors and is currently researching potential demolition of the Chatham property,” a company spokesman told the newspaper.

One of the more than two dozen contractors gathered at the site Wednesday told The Daily News he understood work was to begin in early June and be completed by mid-September. The man asked that his name not be released.

“All that will be left is a giant parking lot,” he told the newspaper. “There is a great deal of demolition work to be carried out.”

Truck production previously handled in Chatham has long since been transferred to other Navistar sites.

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