FLINT (WJRT) (8/8/19) – The former Buick City site in Flint possibly could bustle with major manufacturing activity again if plans from Mahindra Automotive North America pan out.
The Auburn Hills-based based company signed a letter of intent with RACER Trust, which controls the sprawling Buick City property, to study plans for a plant that could create up to 2,000 jobs within the first five years.
The proposed Flint plant would build the next generation of U.S. Postal Service delivery vehicles and other products that haven’t been announced.
Mahindra is one of five companies vying for the Postal Service contract, which will be awarded sometime 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.
Mahindra says its current manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills was operating at capacity. The company also is evaluating other sites outside Michigan to build the plant.
Mahindra says its decision would be driven in part by the financial incentives that are available from the state.
“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.