and Engine Corp. will halt line production for one week at its Springfield
assembly plant, sending about 400 people home from their jobs. Employees were
told Nov. 28 that "line one" will shut down Dec. 10-14.
Kyle Rose, spokesman
for International's Springfield operations, said a lack of orders prompted
the shutdown. Slow sales have been felt across the industry. Line one produces
International's new models, the 4000 series, and school buses. Production
will continue on line two, which produces the company's Legacy series, including
trucks that International is currently building, but is in the process of
phasing out. Line one produces 127 units a day, and line two builds 53 units
a day, Rose said.