A new move by Navistar could create thousands of manufacturing jobs in Illinois, but the company is hesitant to set up shop.
Navistar International Corp. has decided to scrap plans for a new corporate headquarters in west suburban Lisle, saying local opposition to the project is “jeopardizing our image.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, the truck and engine manufacturer’s decision prompted Gov. Pat Quinn to speak with Navistar CEO Daniel Ustian on Wednesday in an effort to save thousands of potential jobs from leaving Illinois.
Navistar officials, who planned to invest $100 million in the new campus, had said the move would have generated and preserved more than 7,000 direct and indirect jobs for Lisle and pumped $4.5 million annually into the local economy. The company had hoped to consolidate several of its outlying offices at the Lisle site. Navistar officials say they now will look at establishing its headquarters at previously explored locations in Alabama, Texas and South Carolina.