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Last month, about 300 people including elected officials, community leaders and Navistar employees joined me at public rally at Parkview Field to show Fort Wayne’s support for keeping Navistar’s Truck Design and Technology Center and its more than 1,000 exceptional jobs here.

If you weren’t able to make the rally but you want to see these employees stay in the area, it’s not too late. Visit or become a Navistay fan on Facebook and follow the Navistay Twitter feed.

As mayor in these difficult times, I’m working every moment of every day to make Fort Wayne the kind of place where good jobs can grow and families can thrive. Navistar is a vital part of that equation. Navistar employees represent the kind of high-skill, high-wage jobs that will strengthen our local economy – and keep our community attractive and competitive long into the future.

I have been working in cooperation with officials in Allen County government, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce to retain Navistar’s Fort Wayne operations while also exploring options for the Chicago-based company to expand in northeast Indiana.

Navistar has been in Fort Wayne for more than 90 years and the area has had a long history of building and designing trucks. Despite competition for this operation and the jobs that accompany it, local leaders are confident Fort Wayne remains the best place for Navistar’s engineering center.

At the rally on Parkview Field’s south plaza, we had two of the City’s International-nameplate trucks, including a hybrid. Local engineers designed these trucks at the Fort Wayne facility, and the City’s fleet department has worked closely with the Navistar design center to test new components.

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer