The bulletin also mentioned that union members that are still on indefinite layoff will be called back into work over the next few months and Navistar will also need to hire additional employees.
“The actual number of employees the company will need for the product increase has yet to be determined,” the bulletin stated.
There are still 106 UAW Local 402 members on indefinite layoff and local union officials say they will update their members when more information is released by Navistar.
More than 300 of those workers were placed on indefinite lay off status starting in 2019 as the company scaled back truck production in Springfield to align with customer demand.
Between September of 2019 and January of 2020, the number of trucks built on the Springfield plant’s main line went from 117 per day to 70 per day.
At the time, a spokesperson for Navistar said that the company had to adjust the number of trucks built at its Springfield plant in order to keep up with current demand for its products.
The spokesperson added that those types of decisions are common given the cyclical nature of the trucking industry.
In August, at least 124 call back letters had been sent to workers who were previously laid off as the company began bringing them back to replace attrition.
The coronavirus pandemic also caused production to stop temporarily in Springfield last year. However, employees who were impacted by the shutdown later returned to work.
A request for comment was made to Navistar on Friday regarding the planned increase in production slated for July. A spokesperson said they were working on getting more information for the News-Sun, but had not provided additional details as of Friday afternoon.