Mahindra USA eyes 2nd Michigan plant
Mahindra Automotive North America is considering three Michigan sites - in Detroit, Oakland County and Genesee County - to build a new assembly plant should the Indian automaker land a $6 billion contract to build next-generation delivery vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service.
Mahindra is one of six finalists for the contract, which provides to build 180,000 delivery vehicles over six years to replace aging fleet of the Grumman LLV that have been synonymous with mail delivery since the 1980s, and includes a 20-year parts supply deal.
The U.S. Postal Service began the request for proposals process to replace its LLV's in 2015 and has indicated it will decide this summer which company to award a contract.
Rick Haas, president and Ceo of Mahindra Automotive North America, said the Postal Service contract could dictate the direction the company takes after just over a year after Mahindra began assembly of its first U.S.-built Roxor off-road vehicle at its new manufacturing plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan.