San Antonio: Navistar to Break Ground on $65 Million Factory in July
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — Navistar International Corp., the truck manufacturer, anticipates beginning construction on its south Bexar County plant in July.
Navistar first announced its intention to build a truck assembly factory Sept. 19, 2019, as reported in this VBX article at the time. VBX Project ID 219-68B0.
According to a report filed June 8 (Monday) with the state of Texas, Navistar’s construction schedule is estimated to begin July 1 and reach substantial completion by Dec. 31, 2021. Navistar claimed last September it would be making a $250 million capital investment in infrastructure, buildings and equipment, and that it would create 600 jobs.
The report filed by the design firm, Ghafari Associates LLC of Dearborn, Michigan, puts this phase of construction cost at $65 million. That is for 1 million square feet spread out across five buildings.
The buildings include the General Assembly plant, the logistics building, a body shop, paint shop, truck specialty center, and the central utility building.
The plant is located on 426.5 acres south of Mitchell Lake and between U.S. Highway 281 and Pleasanton Road. Last September, Navistar had its attorneys change the zoning from Farm & Ranch to Heavy Industrial.
Navistar acquired the project site from an landowner based in McAllen. Image: Google Earth.
The site has several addresses on official documents. The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation report lists it as 14607 South US Hwy 281. The Bexar County Appraisal District address is 15770 S US Hwy 281. And Development Services recorded an address of 15638 Pleasanton Road.
San Antonio permit records show Navistar processed the project by the name Black Briar or Navistar Black Briar. The company submitted its land plat application in mid-January. Except for one, final technical reviews by all utility companies and local regulatory agencies were done by mid-February.
Technical review of the traffic impact analysis study was still pending as of last week.
Last fall, San Antonio City Council and Bexar County Commissioners Court considered and approved incentive packages to help secure the plant. Navistar also received financial incentives from the state’s Texas Enterprise Fund.
The new plant will have the flexibility to build Class 6-8 vehicles, complementing Navistar’s existing assembly manufacturing footprint, which includes truck assembly plants in Springfield, Ohio and Escobedo, Mexico.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.