Mishawaka, Ind., February 23, 2023 –– U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) joined AM General Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ryan DuRussel and United Auto Workers Local 5 leadership at AM General’s Mishawaka Manufacturing Campus (MMC) to learn about preparations being made on the heels of the recent announcement of the follow-on contract award to manufacture the U.S. Armed Forces’ Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) family of vehicles.
Shortly after Sen. Young’s tour of the facility that will house JLTV production, he and Mr. DuRussel spoke to a crowd of hundreds of factory workers and assembled media. “The skilled workers at AM General coupled with this world-class military production facility will ensure a smooth transition for the production of the next generation of JLTV vehicles,” said Sen. Young. “The preparation and dedication by the entire team positions them very well to begin the manufacturing process to meet a tight timeline and will ensure that the JLTV program will keep evolving. The addition of hundreds of Hoosier jobs as AM General expands will have a far-reaching positive impact to the entire area.”
“We are incredibly grateful for Senator Young’s leadership and support,” said AM General Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ryan DuRussel. “He’s always been a key advocate of the HUMVEE program, and we look forward to continuing that relationship as we ramp up the JLTV program.”
The JLTV will be produced in a dedicated military production facility at their 96-acre Mishawaka Manufacturing Campus (MMC). MMC features an onsite test track where JLTVs will undergo testing in a dynamic operating environment. These dedicated facilities underpin the company’s readiness to execute a smooth transition for JLTV production, quality testing, and delivery. Deliveries are expected to begin 17 months after contract award.
AM General combines unmatched Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) program experience with proven transformative commercial manufacturing initiatives, like their Smart Factory, Automated Guided Vehicle System (AGV), Radio Frequency Identification/Global Positioning System (RFID/GPS) traceability, and rigorous International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 certified Quality Management System (QMS) standards to produce and deliver JLTVs equipped with technical enhancements that surpass requirements. Some of the JLTV technology enhancements include enhanced corrosion protection and improved fuel efficiency in addition to continuous developments for an updated Next Generation Vehicle Architecture.
About AM General
AM General engineers, manufacturers, and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers. Their global presence of diverse product offerings in over 70 countries uniquely positions them to enhance interoperability across Allies and build on their longstanding defense industry and automotive partnerships. AM General’s innovative spirit delivers advanced, rugged, resilient, and dependable mobility solutions that will move you. With a wellrounded product portfolio, which includes the iconic HUMVEE vehicles, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the next-generation HUMVEE Saber light tactical truck that has enhanced levels of protection, and the revolutionary soft recoil technology for mobile platforms, AM General strives to offer continuous improvement that is ready now. AM General has extensive experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states. Please see more information about AM General at www.amgeneral.com.
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