Mahindra Automotive North America announced that it’s planning a second factory in Flint, Michigan in addition to its existing one in Auburn Hills.
The facility -the former Buick City site- will produce Mahindra’s next-generation mail trucks, should the Indian car maker win the US Postal Service’s contract.
Mahindra is competing with four other manufacturers for the contract, and the announcement will come later this year.
“Winning the USPS contract is a key element of our growth strategy but it’s only a piece of what we have planned,” said Rick Haas, President and CEO of Mahindra Automotive North America. “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.”
Mahindra said that it’s also in discussion with several other states that have suitable sites for a new manufacturing facility. Aside from the mail trucks, the Indian car maker says that its second US-based factory would also produce a number of future products, without offering more details, and help create up to 2,000 jobs.
The company is currently producing the Roxor off-road vehicle in Auburn Hills, which also serves as Mahindra’s NA headquarters.
“While we’re keeping our options open, we think the former Buick City site in Flint would be a great fit for us,” said Haas. “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.”