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Navistar Defense captures the spotlight

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/29/2013 6:59 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- Navistar Defense Manager of Manufacturing Peter Chapman is more than proud of what can be made in West Point, Mississippi.

What has him even more pleased is being able to show Hollywood the toughness of the MXT armored vehicle.

"As I understand it, a little research says they destroyed over 300 vehicles in the filming of the movie and I'm quite happy to report that all three of ours came back safe and sound. I don't think they could break them," Chapman said.

The MXT armored vehicle will claim 15 minutes of fame in the movie "Fast and Furious 6."

The MXT weighs 35,000 pounds and is capable of going up to 95 miles per hour.

Timing could not be better.

The company is seeking more opportunities to make-up for dwindling business from the U.S. Department of Defense.

This kind of exposure is priceless for the company.

"It makes you feel proud to know that something that you worked on is actually in a movie. So, it make me feel real proud," employee Jennifer Jones said.

"Wow! It's amazing because I get a chance to see something that I put my hands on to build. Now, it's in a movie. It's a pretty great movie that I heard, so it makes me feel real proud to know that we've got something in the movies," employee James Brown said.

"Well, it's truly amazing to be included in a movie like Fast and Furious 6 with all the action and drama in the movie. And, to be included with some of America's most iconic vehicles and have our MXT in the movie," Chapman added.
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