Navistar Defense lands another big order

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

WEST POINT – The 300 workers at the Navistar Defense plant here have plenty of work to do, at least through September.
The Warrenville, Ill.-based defense contractor announced Monday it had received a $357 million order for 471 of its MaxxPro Dash armored vehicles. That contract comes on the heels of a $183 million order in May for 250 of its MaxxPro Dash mine-resistant, ambush-protected, or MRAP, ambulances.
Company spokeswoman Elissa Koc said the contracts won’t lead to any additional workers in West Point.
“We have nine major MaxxPro variants in or on their way to theater today, thanks to the flexibility of our proven vehicle platforms,” said Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. “The MaxxPro Dash was the first MRAP to be modified specifically for the Afghan terrain and we have continued to enhance its capabilities all along the way. Keeping our warfighters equipped is priority one.”
Navistar has produced more than 8,000 MaxxPro vehicles for the U.S. military since 2004.
The work on the vehicles will be done at Navistar’s plants in Garland, Texas, and in West Point.
Koc said the vehicles begin in Garland and are finished in West Point before they are delivered.
The 721 vehicles are expected to be delivered by the end of September.
Earlier this month Navistar International, the parent of Navistar Defense, reported second-quarter net income of $74 million on sales of $3.4 billion.
In the second quarter of last year, the company earned $43 million on $2.7 billion in sales.