International to shut Ontario plant

| 10/22/2002

International Truck and Engine Corp. will close its Chatham, Ontario assembly plant in June and set up shop in Mexico, according to press reports.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union said it will seek government intervention. CAW held a six-week strike at the Chatham plant, which produces International 9000I Series Class 8 trucks, during the summer.

CAW President Buzz Hargrove called the decision "another case of Americans making a decision in the best interest of Americans and to hell with Canada." The plant is currently operating on one shift with about 1,000 employees.

Steve Keate, president of the company's truck group, said the plant would not close before June 1, 2003, and that production would shift to the company's Escobedo, Mexico assembly plant.