New Monaco/International Truck and Engine rear engine diesel chassis company deal completed
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Monaco announce deal with International Truck & Engine now completed

COBURG, Ore., March 2007 - Monaco Coach Corporation (NYSE: MNC), one of the nation's leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles, announced it has closed the joint venture with International Truck and Engine Corporation to manufacture rear engine diesel chassis.

"We are pleased the transaction proceeded and closed as anticipated," said Kay Toolson, Chairman and CEO of Monaco Coach Corporation. "The joint venture, which is a tremendous opportunity for our Company, will begin producing diesel chassis immediately. By manufacturing through the joint venture, Monaco expects to realize several cost-saving features and economies of scale in production, engineering, purchasing, and design and development. The opportunity to team up with the resources of a company like International Truck and Engine Corporation will help us grow the development of our best-in-class Roadmaster chassis."

International Truck and Engine Corporation is the principal operating company of Navistar International Corporation (OTC: NAVZ).

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Eric :   Actaully, the UFO Chassis is unique and does not compete with Roadmaster. Workhorse and Roadmaster make different products than each other, and only one model class (medium diesel pusher) competes. It gives Monaco and International an alliance that improves both groups with design and purchasing power.

jay :   They're not building the ufo chasis at the elkhart plant. They're only building monaco chasis for monaco and workhorse units there not making anything else.

Earl :   It looks like a shrewd move and win-win situation for International, and their customers will determine if the different offerings meet their needs or not, and are a quality product or not.

Roger :   Even though they are owned more or less by the same people, there will still be competition, maybe more. The owners can just as easily close one unprofitable division and keep the strongest. It's a good deal for the customers.

Brandon Drexler :   I think it shows how much competition Roadmaster has with the new Workhorse UFO. They're going to build these new chassis in the Roadmaster plant in Elkhart. But Roadmaster also has a factory in Oregon, so I guess this will continue but that the new company will be the main RV chassis builder. I think it really shows how strong Workhorse is now. Their parent company, International, has now got 51% of the new company and more or less got rid of Roadmaster as a competitor. Cool.

Tony Kaye :   I'm not sure what this means. Is this supposed to compete with the new Workhorse UFO chassis? But workhorse is owned by International? And the UFO allows gas engines at the rear but this specifically says diesel chassis.??

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