Harvester Homecoming to welcome automotive CEO

David Bradfield with his 1940 International
David Bradfield with his 1940 International(Daniel Beals)
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 9:59 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Harvester Homecoming this weekend. The event, hosted at the former International Harvester plant, honors the generations of people who built workhorse trucks for the company. This year organizers are welcoming the leader of a revived automobile brand with deep ties to the city.

Among the iconic vehicles produced by Harvester, the venerable Scout set the tone for all sport utility vehicles that followed. The brand died in 1980 when Harvester ceased production. But the mighty SUV could be revived after Volkwagon assumed the rights when it acquired Navistar in 2021. On Saturday, Scott Keough, who leads the resurrected Scout brand, will visit Harvester Homecoming.

In a release to media, organizers said Mr. Keough would visit with Scout owners and discuss VW’s plans to build an electric Scout SUV. Organizers added they hope the company would consider building the new vehicle in Fort Wayne.

That goal could be a possibility. Volkswagon officials have said the Scout brand will be managed independently from the rest of the company. Production of an SUV and truck variant would be based in America, but no possible locations have been publicly disclosed. Prototypes of the electric vehicles are expected to be revealed in 2023 with production beginning in 2026, according to VW CEO Herbert Diess.

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