Navistar To Cut 275 Mississippi Workers

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) -- Navistar, a manufacturer of blast resistant military vehicles, has announced it will lay off 275 workers, leaving 200 employees at its West Point plant.

The layoffs come after the company failed to win a $1.06 billion Pentagon contract, which went to Oshkosh Corp., for more vehicles.

Navistar spokeswoman Elissa Koc says the West Point plant operates on a project to project basis. Koc says the company will continue to look for new vehicle programs to bring into West Point.

In April, Navistar announced it had agreed with British defense authorities to build 262 "Husky" tactical support vehicles at the West Point plant, with delivery to be later this year.

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