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Grede Wins New Business from Navistar

April 1, 2011
Suspension, engine components destined for U.K. military vehicles
Grede Holdings LLC has a new work order from Navistar International to supply castings for suspension components in its International MXT Husky Tactical Support Vehicles (TSV) equipped with the MaxxForce 6.0D V-8 turbo-diesel medium-duty engines. The vehicles will fill an order from the British Ministry of Defense for new vehicles to support the British Army. Navistar’s MaxxForce engines power wheeled, tracked, and specialty defense vehicles, and the militarized MaxxForce D engines are custom-engineered, NATO-tested, and JP-8-compatible. The MXT Husky TSV is a variant of the MXT-MVA series of tactical military vehicles particularly modified to the requirements for the British Army, and based on the Navistar International MXT line of heavy-duty pick-up truck specially modified for military use. The components will be produces at Grede’s foundries in Browntown, WI, and Briscoe, NC. “Grede is proud to be able to provide the durable and reliable truck components needed for these vehicles that are being used in critical missions in Afghanistan,” stated Vito Parente, Grede’s v.p. - Sales, Heavy Truck and Industrial. “Navistar has told us that the U.K. Ministry of Defense has placed priority on getting these additional vehicles into use because the MXT provides added protection and mobility to warfighters.” Navistar already receives ferrous castings and lost-foam castings from Grede for various truck series. The foundry group earned Navistar’s Diamond Supplier Award for supplier performance in 2009 and 2010. Grede Holdings operates 13 foundries and three machining operations in the U.S., serving transportation and industrial markets. In February, Grede agreed to buy two Mexican foundries owned by Grupo Proeza.