During the week in October that Traton implemented its deadline, the price of Navistar’s shares saw a dramatic decrease on the New York Stock Exchange. The price dropped by about 19% and closed at $36 per share in one day.
However, the stock went up two days later to almost 23% and closed at $43.52 per share.
Representatives of both companies said in a recent news release that Navistar and Traton have benefitted from a strategic alliance that started in 2017 and that the transaction will build on that success.
“This transaction builds upon our highly collaborative and successful strategic alliance and further enhances the growth trajectory of the combined company, while delivering immediate and substantial value to our shareholders,” said Persio Lisboa, Navistar’s president and CEO, in the news release.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Traton team to create opportunities for our employees and provide an outstanding experience for our customers and dealers through best-in-class products, services and technologies," he added.
Navistar employs more than 1,000 people in Clark County and has a manufacturing facility in Springfield, which builds medium-duty trucks as well as cutaway vans for General Motors.
Mike McDorman, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Greater Springfield, said they want to see continued grow at the Springfield plant and will work quickly to establish a relationship with Traton.
Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt previously told the News-Sun that Navistar has had a major presence in the county for decades.
She said that a lot of families in the area rely on employment from or have a connection to Navistar.
“It is always important for us to have a relationship with the businesses here. Whatever we can do as a community to make the new owner feel welcome we will do that," Wilt said last month.