WEST POINT – With a new military contract, the Navistar Defense plant has started hiring 120 workers.
Navistar announced this week that it received a delivery order for 250 International MaxxPro Recovery vehicles from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for $253 million.
The West Point plant will be assembling the vehicles.
“Hiring has begun to support this order as well as current production,” said Elissa Koc, a Navistar spokeswoman.
She said the 120 workers will bring the total to 300 in West Point.
Navistar Defense originally unveiled the MaxxPro Recovery vehicle, also known as a wrecker variant, in February 2009 as a new utility vehicle offering.
It is Navistar’s eighth major variant of its mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, known as MRAP.
“We believe that part of industry’s role is to recognize a potential need before it becomes an absolute necessity,” said Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. “For Navistar, that meant extending MRAP-level survivability to those running vehicle recovery and other support missions.”
Last month, Navistar expanded its MRAP family of vehicles with the launch of the MaxxPro Tractor and MaxxPro Dash Ambulance.
Since receiving its first MaxxPro MRAP contract in May 2007, Navistar has been contracted to produce more than 7,800 units.
Two months ago, the company landed two orders valued at $122 million. A $66 million U.S. Army contract for 492 vehicles that included general troop transports, fuel tankers, water trucks, wreckers and buses. The vehicles will be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. Deliveries are expected to begin next month.
The West Point portion of the contract included a three-year, $36 million contract for 248 general transport trucks.
Navistar also got a second order worth $56 million for another 89 International MXT Husky tactical support vehicles. The contract was awarded by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. The West Point plant will assemble the vehicles.
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