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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Navistar International page on 18 June 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Navistar International Corporation (formerly International Harvester Company) is an American holding company, that owns the manufacturer of International brand commercial trucks, IC Bus school and commercial buses, Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans, and is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van, and SUV markets. The company is also a provider of truck and diesel engine parts and service.

Headquartered in Lisle, Illinois, Navistar has 16,500 employees and a 2013 annual revenue of $10.775 billion. The company's products, parts, and services are sold through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico and more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world. The company also provides financing for its customers and distributors principally through its wholly owned subsidiary, Navistar Financial Corporation.

1902-1986: International Harvester

The merger of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and the Deering Harvester Company in 1902 resulted in the formation of the International Harvester Company (IH) of Chicago, Illinois, which over the next three-quarters of a century evolved to become a diversified manufacturer of farming equipment, construction equipment, gas turbines, trucks, buses, and related components. During World War II, International Harvester produced the M-series of military trucks that served the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy as weapons carriers, cargo transporters and light artillery movement. Today, Navistar produces International brand military vehicles through its affiliate Navistar Defense. Ford had Navistar under-contract that same year to produce engines for their passenger fleet of work light work trucks.

1986-1991: Transition from agricultural roots

International Harvester fell on hard times during the poor agricultural economy in the early to mid-1980s and the effects of a long strike with the UAW over proposed work rule changes. IH's new CEO, Donald Lennox, directed the management organization to begin exiting many of its IH's historical business sectors in an effort to survive. Some of the sales of profitable business endeavors were executed to raise cash for short-term survival, while other divisions were sold due to lack of immediate profitability. During this period of questionable economic survival, in an effort to raise needed cash and to reduce losses, the management team led by Mr. Lennox at IH shed many of its operating divisions: Construction Equipment Division to Dresser Industries; Solar (gas turbines) Division to Caterpillar; Cub Cadet (lawn and garden equipment) to MTD Products and, lastly, the Agricultural Division to Tenneco, which merged it with their J.I. Case subsidiary. The Scout and Light Truck Parts Business was sold to Scout/Light Line Distributors, Inc. in 1991.

After the Agricultural Division sale in 1985, all that remained of IH were the Truck and Engine Divisions. The company rechristened itself on February 20, 1986 to Navistar International Corporation. (The International Harvester name and IH logo were assets of the Agricultural Division and consequently were part of the sale to Tenneco; the IH name and logo are still in use, having been incorporated into the Case IH brand name). In the early 1980s, IH developed a series of reliable large-displacement V8 diesel engines that were sold as an option for heavy-duty Ford 3/4-ton and 1-ton pickup trucks.

Navistar still uses the "International" brand in its diesel engine and truck product lines, and the brand name continues on in product lines of Navistar International's International Truck and Engine Corporation subsidiary.

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27 February 2007Dispute Halts Production Of Power Stroke Diesel EnginesAnthony Fontanelle
23 September 2011Navistar Truck Development and Technology Center, a Subsidiary of Navistar International Corporation Truck Division, Fort Wayne, IN; Notice of Affirmative Determination Regarding Application for ReconsiderationFederal Register: DoL (Del Min Amy Chen)
4 January 2012Women In Trucking Association and Navistar to Honor Trucking’s Most Influential Woman for Second YearWomen In Trucking Association
24 July 2012Navistar Truck Development and Technology Center, a Subsidiary of Navistar International Corporation, Truck Division, 2911 Meyer Road, Including Leased Workers From Populous Group, Livernois Vehicle Development, ASG Renaissance, Alpha Personnel, Inc., and PPP Careers, Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana; Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment AssistanceFederal Register: DoL (Del Min Amy Chen)
9 August 2012Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment AssistanceFederal Register: DoL (Del Min Amy Chen)
9 July 2014Boehner Meets with Navistar CEO, Discusses Springfield PlantCongressman John Boehner
26 January 2016Navistar uses SAS for insight from embedded sensors to prioritize vehicle maintenance, prevent customer breakdowns and make roads saferSAS Institute Inc.
31 March 2016SEC: Navistar International and Former CEO Misled Investors About Advanced Technology EngineSecurities and Exchange Commission
19 June 2019Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemptions; Navistar, Inc. (Navistar)Federal Register: FMCSA (Larry W. Minor)


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