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Published: June 19, 2019


AN ILLINOIS-BASED MANUFACTURER IS EXPANDING ITS OPERATIONS IN HUNTSVILLE.  MEDIA SOURCES REPORT, THE HUNTSVILLE CITY COUNCIL VOTED LATE LAST WEEK TO APPROVE A DEAL THAT WILL ENSURE NAVISTAR IN MAKING A CAPITAL INVESTMENT OF 125 MILLION DOLLARS INTO BUILDING A NEW FACILITY. THE LOCATION OF NAVISTAR'S NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY WILL BE LOCATED ADJACENT TO THEIR CURRENT FACILITY ON SHORT PIKE ROAD AND WILL COVER 51 ACRES.  THE NEW FACILITY WILL ADD AT LEAST 145 NEW FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT EMPLOYEES, BRINGING THE TOTAL UP TO AT LEAST 271.  NAVISTAR CONSIDERED PROPOSALS FROM SEVERAL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND IN ORDER TO RECRUIT NAVISTAR TO STAY AND EXPAND IN HUNTSVILLE, THE HUNTSVILLE-MADISON COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY HAS AGREED TO REIMBURSE NAVISTAR FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS  PER ACRE OF THE AMOUNT (NAVISTAR) PAYS FOR THE NEW SITE AND NAVISTAR WILL ALSO BE GRANTED A TEN-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT.  THE CITY OF HUNTSVILLE IS ALSO OBLIGATED TO APPLY FOR AND USE ALL COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE EFFORTS TO RECEIVE AN INDUSTRIAL ACCESS GRANT FROM ADOT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS.  CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 2020 WITH OPERATIONS STARTING NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 2022.