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AM General operations in northern Indiana

AM General Corporation of South Bend, Indiana still produces a wide range of specialty vehicles at its facilities in northern Indiana.

HMMWV
HMMWV

AM General has established its reputation in supporting the U.S. armed forces for nearly 75 years. As a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing and support of Light Tactical Vehicles, their DNA includes the famous Willys “Jeep” of World War II.

AM General is best known for developing the iconic High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee®). As we look to the future with new military vehicle designs, we also continue to provide full lifecycle support and upgrades for hundreds of thousands of HMMWVs still serving the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, reserve forces and National Guard—ensuring our products are ready when and where they’re needed most.

Many of the Light Tactical Vehicles AM General has developed for the U.S. military are available for export. Internationally, AM General is the premier provider of Light Tactical Vehicle solutions, with more than 230,000 HMMWVs currently in use in more than 60 countries worldwide. For nearly 30-years the HMMWVs has been in continuous production and has proven to be the vehicle of choice for a wide range of geographic and mission profiles.

Mobility Ventures / MV-1
Mobility Ventures / MV-1

Mobility Ventures LLC is a subsidiary of AM General. Mobility Ventures LLC, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, is the only American made vehicle specifically engineered from the ground up in support of wheelchair users and people with disabilities.

The MV-1 is redefining accessible transportation with a built-in side-entry power ramp, ample head room, and seating for up to five which includes the ability to safely accommodate two wheelchair users at a time—one of whom rides in the front and the other in the spacious passenger area —making it the perfect solution for consumers, commercial use, and government fleets. And at Mobility Ventures, safety comes first. The MV-1 safety record is unmatched by any wheelchair accessible vehicle, based on federal NHTSA safety recall data for aftermarket conversion vans. Additionally, the MV-1 meets all Buy America requirements.

Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Mercedes-Benz R-Class

In January, 2015, AM General and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., announced that Mercedes-Benz had selected AM General to manufacture the Mercedes-Benz R-Class luxury vehicle at AM General’s world-class 675,000 square-foot Commercial Assembly Plant. Because of increasing demand for its Sport Utility Vehicles and the need for greater production capacity in the U.S, Mercedes-Benz moved its production of the R-Class from its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant to AM General’s Commercial Assembly Plant.

Under the multi-year agreement, AM General is now Mercedes-Benz’s first and only contract manufacturing operator in the U.S.

That’s the story of AM General’s contract manufacturing in northern Indiana.

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Cars are Still Made in Indiana Part two

At the end of the Great Recession in June 2009, cars are still made in Indiana with an upturn of auto manufacturing jobs.

“Over the 2000-2008 period, statewide auto worker employment in vehicle manufacturing was virtually constant at approximately 20,000,” reported IN Context, a publication from Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business. This number declined to about 15,000 auto workers at the end of the recession. The upturn in the auto manufacturing in 2012 produced reports of employment growth at Indiana’s plants.

2013 Camry SE
2013 Toyota Camry SE
Copyright © 2013 Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Changes on the automotive manufacturing landscape included Subaru-Isuzu Automotive in Lafayette changing its name to Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. in 2003. The company discontinued production of Isuzu vehicles in 2004, and began to build the Toyota Camry in 2007.

Plus, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana in Princeton discontinued production of the Tundra in 2008 and commenced producing Sienna in 2003 and Highlander in 2009.

Honda Plant Dedication
Honda Plant Dedication
Copyright © 2008 Honda Manufacturing of Indiana

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg started building the Civic in 2008 and will add the Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX sedan in 2013.

AM General in Mishawaka sold the marketing rights to the civilian Hummer brand to General Motors (rebranded by GM as the H1) in 1999. AM General continued production of the H1 until June 2006. AMG built a separate factory in Mishawaka in 2002 to build a new Hummer H2, designed by and marketed by General Motors. Production of the Hummer H2 ended in 2008. The company began assembling Vehicle Production Group’s MV-1 on September 21, 2011. The MV-1 is the first factory-built vehicle which meets or exceeds the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2011, the military determined that the HMMWV had reached the end of its service life and the contracts ended in March 2012. In August 2012, AMG announced that it would produce 22 prototypes of its Blast Resistant Vehicle – Off road (BRV-O) for government testing for the U.S. military’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

2012 Chevrolet Silverado
2012 Chevrolet Silverado at Fort Wayne Assembly
Copyright © 2012 General Motors Corporation

The General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Truck Plant has produced Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks in Indiana since late 1986. The Chevrolet Silverado HD won the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award and the 2010 GMC Sierra LD was voted Best in the Full Size Pickup segment.

Although diminished, Indiana continues in its role of producing automobiles in America.

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Cars are still made in Indiana

It is interesting to note that cars are still made in Indiana. Today, Indiana’s prominence in American automotive production mirrors events of the early 1900s.

By the 1970s, AM General in Mishawaka was the only company that assembled an entire vehicle in Indiana in large quantities. Commercial vehicles were produced at this facility over the years. In 1983, AM General won the contract to produce the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), which later became known as the Humvee. Humvee production will finally cease at the end of 2011. In the 1990s, AM General began production of civilian versions of the Humvee, known as the Hummer. Indiana production of these vehicles ended in 2008.

1985 First Hummer
1985 First Hummer
Copyright © 1985 AM General

In the following decades after 1970, other manufacturers joined the ranks of Indiana auto production. GM Truck and Bus Group in Fort Wayne, Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, and Honda Manufacturing in Greensburg.

The General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Truck Plant has produced Chevrolet Silverado and GMC full-size pickup trucks in Indiana since late 1986.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) has manufactured the Subaru Outback, Legacy, and Tribeca line of vehicles since 1989. In a business collaboration with Toyota, SIA Associates also builds the Toyota Camry.

In 1998, Toyota Motor Corporation produced its first vehicles from its Indiana plant, Tundra pickup trucks and Sequoia full-size vehicles.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) in Greensburg began full-scale production in 2008. HMIN produces the Civic Sedan. The addition of the Civic Natural Gas model to the production line began in 2011.

The AM General contract production facilities in Mishawaka started production of two new vehicles this year. The first MV-1, a van specifically designed for wheelchairs rolled off the line in September 2011. 2011’s MV-1 production quickly sold out. AM General planned to produce up to 30-thousand MV-1s by 2013. In October 2011, AM General entered into an agreement to build Bright Automotive’s Bright IDEA all-new, plug-in hybrid electric work-truck, available for sale in 2014.

Indiana was and still is a leading producer of automobiles in America. In fact, you may be driving an Indiana-built auto.

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