Indian automaker Mahindra has opened a new automotive production facility in Detroit, Michigan for an investment of $230 million. This represents the opening of the first automotive production facility in Detroit in 25 years. This facility is expected to create about 250 jobs in Detroit. The new facility will produce an off-highway vehicle in the upcoming days, and this will help extend Mahindra’s position in this vehicle segment.
The opening of this new facility is a part of the expansion drive by Mahindra in the Southeast Michigan area. In addition to this facility, Mahindra has also opened a new warehouse and logistics operation facility in Pontiac. Mahindra already has a prototype operation in Troy. With this huge investment, Mahindra has showed that it is committed to growing the brand in the North American region.
The new vehicle production facility will help provide engineering support to various operations in the company. Moreover, this facility will also provide support in developing new vehicle platforms suitable for the Indian and global markets. The company has planned to invest over $600 million by the year 2020 and add more than 400 jobs over the same period.
The launch event was attended by many key people including Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, and Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) president and CEO Richard Haas.
According to Anand Mahindra, the opening of this new facility represents the growing presence of Mahindra in North America. He added that the company has tripled its workforce in the Metro Detroit Area over the past 18 months. Richard Haas noted that this expansion represents a key milestone for the company in Michigan.