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India’s Mahindra sees US plant in Michigan

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a screen of the Mahindra and Mahindra stable, the start-up of a press conference in Mumbai, India on May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

(Reuters) – Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, said on Thursday that it plans to open a factory in Flint, Mich., on the vehicles, including e-mail, delivery of vehicles for the U.S. market, a move that could create up to 2,000 jobs.

Mahindra manufactures all of its off-road Roxor vehicle at its plant in Auburn Hills, Mich., which is at full capacity.

“With a major facility expansion is designed to support the production and assembly of new products for the U.S. market,” Mahindra said in a statement.

The production from the company’s mail truck, it is subject of Mahindra, the gain of the United States Postal Service on the next-generation delivery of vehicle contract, which will be announced later in the year, and four of the other candidates, according to the company.

Mahindra said it is also in talks with several other states that have suitable sites, and the decision may be influenced by financial incentives, Michigan will have to offer.

“While we want to keep our options open, we think that it is the former Buick City in Flint, it would be a great fit for us,” said Rick Haas, the chief executive of Mahindra’s Automotive in North America.

“It is very close to our current facility, which is improving the overall enterprise efficiency.”

Reporting by ankit Ajmera and Sanjana Shivdas, Bengaluru

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