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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Fort Wayne officials are continuing their drive at persuading Navistar Inc. to keep its truck design center with more than 800 workers in the city even though the company expects to consolidate that work elsewhere.

City and local economic development officials on Tuesday announced the hiring of a consulting firm to help work on proposals to Navistar. Mayor Tom Henry said the city was going to do all it could to keep the Navistar center.

But the company said in a statement to The Journal Gazette that it was committed to consolidating its truck and engine design centers and that such operations "will likely move" from Fort Wayne.

Navistar in May dropped plans for moving the centers to a Chicago suburb after residents raised concerns about noise and safety.

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