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In 1907, two friends from Mattoon, Illinois developed their first delivery vehicle with an innovative style of power and performance. In 1917 the company was officially established as International Harvester Company, but they still focused on building commercial vehicles for farming communities.
In 1953 they changed their name to Navistar in order to reflect a new focus on transportation instead of harvesting equipment. This led them to create a completely new line of truck engines in 1972 which continued in development since then. While the company is most well known for their freightliner line of trucks they have been successfully manufacturing school buses since 1941.
In addition to being one of America's oldest truck manufacturers, Navistar also has major parts in Canada and Brazil where they produce parts that are shipped around the world.
Navistar has remained relatively successful in the transportation industry, despite recent financial difficulties due to various reasons including low sales and bad investments. They are still constructing new vehicles in addition to repairing older ones in order to keep their customers happy.