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Navistar finalizes foundry closing

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Navistar Inc. has notified state leaders that its Indianapolis Casting Corp. foundry at 5565 Brookville Road will close in July, costing about 220 employees their jobs.

The foundry had been slated to close last summer along with the Illinois-based company's east-side engine plant, but the permanent shutdown was delayed. In the notice filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday, ICC said business conditions led to the decision.

When the closing was first announced in January 2009, the foundry employed about 500. The company said the July closure will affect 219 active employees and another 196 who are classified as inactive.

The engine plant closure was expected after Navistar agreed to stop making diesel engines for Ford Motor Co, its only customer. But ICC also made engine blocks for other customers, buying it more time.

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  • Navistar lies again - no surprise
    Navistar is lying to the hundreds of workers they have laid off over the past yoear or maore saying that if they vote yes and radify a new contract before the current one expires in Oct, they will be brought back to work. There is nothing for them to be brought back to. The foundry is falling apart, has already been dismantled for the closing and does not comply wioth safety or EPA regulations (not that this has stopped them form running it the past few years in it's unsafe condition). they have waited until unemployment benefits have or will run out soon for the laid off workers and they are desparate to have any job forcing them to feel as if they have no choice but to accept the less than acceptable contract while the company will never bring them back to work anyway. Maybe they have not been there long enough to realize the company's history of lying to and uses the workers for their own greedy backstabbing purposes. There are a few employees who are close to retirement which stand to lose the most from this contract but in Navistar;s usual underhanded way of doing business, they have used the despartion of the laid off workers to out vote these people who have spent thier lives working for one of the most dishonest, conniving and greedy examples of "Corporate America" ever to operate in this country (well mostly in MExico, China and India now, gotta save a buck so everyone at the top can have their big bonuses). These people have worked under conditions that most of us would not last a day in trusting that this is Amwerica and if you work hard your whole life for a company, you will be rewarded in the end, unfortunatley they have given their lives to a company who is now pitting the majority of the workers, desperate to beleive the lie that they will be brought back to work, against these few people by taking away a large portion of their retirement benefits, just to make sure that the bonuses for the top executives are even larger than last year.
  • Greed
    This will be Navistar's collapse, there Greed! They don't care about ICC, Springfield or Melrose Park. So sad.
  • moving
    The story should continue to say, "buying it more time to move to Mexico." Corporate greed has struck again and your tax dollars are going with it. Navistar obtained an $18 million tax abatement to continue and grow jobs here. When they pulled the plug, the Mayor decided they only have to pay back $5 million of the $18 million. Good-bye jobs...good-bye $13 million...good-bye corporate terrorists....

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