Intl. closing Chatham plant, moving to Mexico - 900 workers affected

| Friday, March 28, 2003

International Truck and Engine Corp. announced March 28 it would close its Chatham, Ontario, assembly plant on July 18, 2003. The company told employees the heavy-truck plant's closure was a necessary step to address competitive market conditions.

"We understand that this is not an easy time for anyone affected by this announcement," said Steve Keate, president of the company's truck group. "Even though we've been talking about this with employees for months, we realize that announcing a date signals the finality of closure. We sincerely thank our Chatham employees for their years of dedicated service of building quality trucks."

Keate said the action, along with others, better positions International to profitably serve its heavy truck customers and contributes to the company's goal of profitability over the business cycle.

"The decision to close the plant was never about the superior service our Chatham employees provide or the high quality trucks they assemble," Keate said. "Everyone knows that our Chatham employees build high quality trucks. The main issue has always been about cost and returning our heavy truck business to profitability."

The Chatham plant is currently operating on one shift with approximately 900 employees. In addition to active employees, there are approximately 1,300 union employees on layoff status.

Production of International 9000i Series Class 8 trucks will be transitioned from Chatham to the company's Escobedo, Mexico, assembly plant. The Escobedo plant, launched in 1998, features the latest assembly technology and has a strong track record, the company said.

"We are confident that the Escobedo facility will continue to meet the standard of quality that our International products are known for and that our customers expect," Keate said.

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