. In a related move, the company will launch a separate dedicated research and development operating company, Pure Power Technologies, to support Navistar's diesel power system components.
"Pure Power Technologies allows Navistar to seamlessly integrate development and production of our power system component technology as we continue to grow globally," said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and CEO.
The new unit, based in Columbia, S.C., will function as a research and development center there as well as a manufacturing plant in Blythewood, S.C. Both facilities are former Continental assets and will not be closed, as previously announced by Continental.
"Housing our advanced manufacturing technology team near the R&D campus will be a key differentiator for Pure Power Technologies," said Eric Tech, president, Navistar Engine Group. "This will enhance our ability to quickly bring new technologies to market."
"Navistar will acquire key fuel injection technologies used in their diesel engine manufacturing business and many of the employees in the Blythewood and Columbia locations will have an opportunity to gain positions in this new entity," said Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president of NAFTA powertrain division for Continental.