Navistar Defense is building its West Point workforce back up, as it prepares to fill its third order since May.
Navistar Defense”s West Point plant produces armored combat vehicles. And Monday, the company announced it received an order for 140 International MaxxPro recovery vehicles with rocket-propelled grenade nets, from the U.S. Marine Corps.
The $142 million order also includes parts and support for mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, called simply MRAPs, according to a company press release.
“This will affect West Point. Our contracted workforce (there) will increase by 30 to supply these orders,” said Elissa Koc, spokeswoman for Navistar.
The West Point plant currently employs 295 people, after making massive cuts last year. In July 2010, Navistar announced it would cut about 340 of its 500-employee workforce from its West Point plant, as an order for 1,050 MRAPs was completed.
In June, Navistar received a $357 million contract to deliver 471 International MaxxPro Dash vehicles with DXM suspension to the Marines. In May, the company received a $183 million contract to deliver 250 MaxxPro Dash MRAP ambulances.