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Mahindra Cars eyeing Buick City, Michigan as second U.S. auto plant

The Indian automaker Mahindra is looking at the former General Motors manufacturing site which can possibly become its second auto plant at Buick City, Michigan.

On Thursday, Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) announced that they signed a Letter of Intent with RACER Trust to check out the former old Buick City site for a possible new production plant in Flint, Michigan.

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited multinational car manufacturing corporation was established in 1945 and is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was first known as Muhammad and Mahindra but later renamed to Mahindra and Mahindra.

Being one of the world’s largest vehicle manufactures by production, it is not surprising that Mahindra is looking to expand its auto plant. The company said that the manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan is at its capacity. And so they needed to expand to support the manufacturing and assembly of new products for the US market.

According to Mahindra, the new auto plant will include the production of mail delivery trucks and could create up to 2,000 jobs. The plant will also house the production of its future products.

Mahindra is one of the five companies that could possibly be awarded of the USPS’s Nest Generation Delivery Vehicle contract.  “Winning the USPS contract is a key element of our growth strategy but it’s only a piece of what we have planned,” said President and CEO at MANA, Rick Haas.

Most of Buick City has been closed since 1999. Some have already been re-established. “We have a long-term product plan and we believe the former Buick City site in Flint is a strong contender for what would essentially be Mahindra’s first large scale manufacturing operation in the United States,” Haas said.

Mahindra said that they are also in talks with other states that can be suited for the possible auto plant expansion. “While we’re keeping our options open, we think the former Buick City site in Flint would be a great fit for us. It’s close to our current facility, which improves overall enterprise efficiency, and the site is one of the oldest manufacturing sites in the United States with a long, storied automotive history. We look forward to working with RACER Trust, the City of Flint and the State of Michigan to fully determine whether this site represents our best opportunity to build Mahindra’s automotive future here in North America,” said Haas.

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