Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) opened a new North American HQ and manufacturing operation, the first such new OEM facility in Southeast Michigan in over 25 years. The expansion is part of a $230 million investment in Southeast Michigan that also includes a recently-opened warehouse and logistics operation in Pontiac and an existing prototype operation in Troy. Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, Automotive Division EVP Rajan Wadhera and MANA President and CEO, Rick Haas inaugurated the facility along with Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Members of Congress Brenda Lawrence and Dave Trott.
The new facility will produce an off- vehicle and this one will be designed and engineered by MANA, and the company promises that it'll be unlike anything currently in the market. Now we had already told you about this off-road vehicle but we finally have a name which we can put to it. The new off-road vehicle will be called Roxor and we'll get a first glimpse of the SUV in December 2017.
In total, Mahindra has grown to 400,000 sq. ft. across three Detroit area facilities. Over the past 18 months, MANA has tripled its workforce to 250. By 2020, additional planned projects will result in 400 more jobs and another $600 million in local investment over that same period. In addition, MANA will continue to provide Metro Detroit-based engineering support for new vehicle platform development for India and global markets.
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"This is an exciting day for Mahindra, our terrific employees and Detroit. I couldn't be prouder to be here to help open this new facility today," said Anand Mahindra. "This building opening represents our company's growing presence in North America and locally in the Metro Detroit area where we have tripled our workforce during the past 18 months. We are committed to growing the Mahindra brand in North America and Michigan."