You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Clark Co. officials to hold briefing on missing 11-year-old

Navistar to lay off more than 80 workers


Navistar will lay off more than 80 workers at its Ohio Truck Specialty Center in Springfield beginning in early August, according to a notice the truck manufacturer filed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The layoffs are part of a plan to restructure the local workforce as the company ramps up hiring for a joint agreement with GM to build medium-duty trucks in Springfield, company officials said. The joint agreement included plans to create about 300 jobs, with Navistar beginning production of the medium-duty trucks at the Springfield plant next year.

READ MORE: $12M Navistar project could retain 114, add 40 new jobs in Urbana

Navistar is one of Clark County’s largest employers, where it employs more than 1,500 workers. Thousands of retirees also remain in the area.

Of the 81 workers being laid off, 78 are journeyman mechanics with the company. The remaining positions affected include one temporary full-time contractor and two Truck Specialty Center clerks.

The move will allow Navistar to move work that was being done at its Truck Specialty Center back into the company’s main Springfield facility, said Lyndi McMillan, a spokeswoman for Navistar.

The manufacturer also began production earlier this year on a cutaway model of GM’s G Van as part of a separate joint agreement. The two separate agreements with GM are expected to create a total of about 600 new jobs in Springfield, McMillan said.

The workers being laid off will be able to apply for available positions in the main facility as Navistar ramps up hiring to begin production on the medium-duty trucks. However it’s not guaranteed they will all be hired at the main facility, she said.

The notice, which was posted online Monday, indicated Navistar will permanently lay off 81 members of its United Auto Workers Local 402 and 684 unions. The affected workers aren’t covered under the main labor agreement with the UAW, and therefore don’t have transfer rights, McMillan said. That means they will need to reapply for other positions available at the main facility.

DETAILS: Navistar stock jumps nearly 400 percent, VW deal cited as key

The company reported a net loss of $62 million for the first quarter this year, citing continuing weak demand in the heavy truck industry. However company leaders also said they expected the market to rebound later this year. Navistar’s expected to post its second quarter results later this week.

Of the mechanics, 36 of them will be let go during a 14-day period beginning on Aug. 1, according to the notice filed with the state. An additional 25 mechanics and one temporary full-time contractor will be laid off over a 14-day period beginning on Sept. 1.

RELATED: Springfield UAW raises concerns about proposed Right-to-Work bill

The company’s notice said 17 more journeyman mechanics and two Truck Specialty Center clerks will be permanently laid off over a 14-day period beginning on Sept. 29.

Jason Barlow, president of the UAW Local 402, described the move as a business decision for the company.

He said the 78 mechanics will be offered employment at the Springfield assembly plant as jobs become available.

Barlow also said those workers will retain recall rights to the TSC mechanics unit and can return to the TSC if new work picks up in that unit.

Marcia Flax, president of the UAW Local 658, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Navistar filed the notice as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers to give officials notice of pending mass layoffs. No further information was included in the company’s notice.

Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, said she was notified about the layoffs Monday but was unable to provide further information. She said local workforce development officials will deploy a rapid response team to provide information about unemployment compensation and other assistance for the impacted workers.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Used car deals best in long time
Used car deals best in long time

This year is going to be the best year to buy a used car in a generation. There are a couple factors contributing to the perfect storm that’s benefiting used car buyers right now. First, automakers overextended themselves in 2014 with subsidized leases. All those cars are coming off-lease now and are back on the dealer lots. The supply is extreme...
Medical pot business applications flower across area
Medical pot business applications flower across area

Ohio is taking applications from would-be medical marijuana cultivators for state business licenses, and the application period for large-scale growers ends Friday, June 30. The Dayton area is attracting its share of them. The city of Dayton has six applicants who meet city and state zoning rules, said Keith Klein, senior development specialist for...
JC Penney to hire 600 people in Ohio
JC Penney to hire 600 people in Ohio

JC Penney is gearing up to hire 600 employees throughout Ohio. The retailer announced it needs associates for a variety of customer service and support positions, including: cashier, replenishment specialist, SEPHORA inside JCPenney beauty consultant and more. JCPenney salons in Ohio are also seeking experienced salon stylists to be part of the company&rsquo...
Urbana gourmet food business Rothschild Farm sold to Chicago firm
Urbana gourmet food business Rothschild Farm sold to Chicago firm

Glencoe Capital Management has acquired Robert Rothschild Farm, a nationally known business and major local employer just outside Urbana known for its gourmet sauces, dips and other food products. Details of the agreement weren’t disclosed, but information from the Champaign County Auditor’s Office shows Rothschild’s property at 3143...
Chicago-based pizzeria Giordano’s opens first Ohio location
Chicago-based pizzeria Giordano’s opens first Ohio location

Giordano’s, a Chicago-based pizzeria, opened a location in Columbus near Polaris Fashion Place mall. The restaurant, located at 2137 Polaris Parkway, marks the business’ first location in Ohio. »RELATED: New pizza restaurant coming to historic neighborhood in downtown Dayton Opened in Chicago in 1974, the pizzeria has become an acclaimed...
More Stories