Our History


 

A Legacy of Experience and Innovation


AM General has a strong legacy of designing, manufacturing, and supporting iconic, high-quality military, commercial, and consumer vehicles. With more than a century in operation, we have a tremendous history of providing the most advanced and dependable products on time and on budget. We are responsive to our customers’ unique needs, offering versatile vehicles, innovative product solutions, and end-to-end support that keeps pace with the changing world.

Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana with manufacturing and innovation facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, AM General employs a strong American workforce, partnering with more than 1,700 suppliers across 43 states.
 


AM General products have deployed around the globe with our service members in peacetime and in war. With unmatched durability, our soldiers have depended on the Humvee in the harshest and most demanding environments. And we will continue to be there for them on future battlefields with the cutting-edge technology required to win.


Our military business continues to grow both at home and internationally. Through public-private partnerships with the US Army, we are building readiness by modernizing and maintaining more than 160,000 Humvees through recapitalization and new manufacturing. AM General also has robust relationships with allies and partners around the globe with light tactical vehicles in over 70 countries, helping to build interoperability with our allies and partners.


We continue to seek strategic partnership to expand and diversify our product offerings for defense and commercial customers alike. AM General has the only full-scale contract assembly facility in the United States with ample capacity to serve as the production partner for yet another OEM. We have an experienced management team, adaptable workforce, nimble business model, and an innovative spirit that allow us to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead.


Going forward, we will continue to leverage our deep experience in the defense and automotive industries. AM General is investing in the future for advanced technologies that make our products even better. As an automotive OEM, we are keeping pace with industry innovation to find, develop, and implement breakthrough innovation in all levels of autonomy. And for the battlefield we are developing disruptive and scalable technologies to fight and win with increased mobility, lethality, and survivability. We are literally driving the information age by carrying mission command systems, advanced weapons, and other cutting-edge technologies on the versatile Humvee.

 

Company Heritage


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AM General draws its heritage from Studebaker and Standard Wheel and has been solving ground transportation problems for customers around the globe for over 160 years.

Studebaker was founded in South Bend, Indiana in 1852 and grew to become the largest horse-drawn wagon producer in the world and one of the largest corporations in the United States. Studebaker continued to build wagons for customers around the world through 1919. Studebaker began manufacturing automobiles in 1902. Studebaker continued to automobiles and trucks in the U.S. through 1964 when it ceased commercial manufacturing operations and sold the assets of its general and military automotive operations to Kaiser-Jeep Corporation.

Standard Wheel Company was founded in 1904 in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1908, John Willys purchased the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company and renamed it as Willys-Overland Motor Company. In 1953, Kaiser-Frazer purchased Willys-Overland Motors and then changed its name to Kaiser-Jeep Corporation in 1963. In 1964, Kaiser-Jeep Corporation moved its military and specialty vehicles manufacturing operations to South Bend, Indiana and organized the operations under the General Products Division.

In 1970, American Motors purchased the General Products Division from Kaiser-Jeep Corporation and in 1971 organized the operations as a wholly owned subsidiary and renamed it AM General Corporation.
 

1861



Studebaker received its first contract from the U.S. Army in 1861. It continued to produce horse-drawn wagons for the U.S. and her allies through WWI. Pictured here is a trainload of ambulances headed to the U.S. Army in 1898 for the Spanish-American War.



Studebaker received its first contract from the U.S. Army in 1861. It continued to produce horse-drawn wagons for the U.S. and her allies through WWI. Pictured here is a trainload of ambulances headed to the U.S. Army in 1898 for the Spanish-American War.



 


Photo Courtesy of the Studebaker Museum

1903




AM General’s automotive manufacturing heritage begins when the Standard Wheel Company begins production of the Overland “Runabout”.



1908



Studebaker U.S. Army Dispatch Car maiden run from Governors Island, NY to Fort Leavenworth, KS, 1908.



Studebaker U.S. Army Dispatch Car maiden run from Governors Island, NY to Fort Leavenworth, KS, 1908.



Photo Courtesy of the History Museum

1940




AM General precursor develops Willys Jeep, America’s first 4-wheel-drive tactical utility truck, designed and manufactured for the U.S. military.



1960




Bid is won to develop and produce a half-ton delivery van for the U.S. Postal Service, followed by a contract to produce more than 150,000 “Dispatcher” vehicles for USPS, police departments, utility companies and small package delivery firms.



1964



AM General produces nearly 112,000 5-ton and 150,000 2 1/2-ton trucks for the armed forces of the free world.



1983



AM General wins initial Army contract to produce 55,000 Humvees over a five-year period. More than 280,000 Humvees are produced by 2012.



1992



AM General introduces the HUMMER as “the world’s most serious 4×4”.




AM General introduces the HUMMER as “the world’s most serious 4×4”.




1999




The HUMMER brand is acquired by General Motors. AM General continues to assemble and maintain parts, training and warranty support.



2002



AM General begins assembling the HUMMER H2 for GM in a new, state-of-the-art commercial manufacturing center in Mishawaka, IN.



2007




In a first of its kind public-private partnership, AM General provides upgraded and enhanced capability HMMWVs for National Guard units nationwide.



2013




AM General forms “Mobility Ventures LLC” to produce the world’s first vehicle built from the ground up for wheelchair accessibility.



2015



Mercedes-Benz selects AM General to manufacture the Mercedes-Benz R-Class luxury vehicle.



2018



 


AM General introduces the HUMMER as “the world’s most serious 4×4”.




AM General announces agreement to produce the USA-built Bastion 12-ton personnel carrier, based off the proven Arquus VLRA 4×4 platform. It offers a combination of tactical performance, robust capability and simplified maintenance. The armored hull features the protection against ballistic threats, mines and IEDs as well as large internal volume.



2019




AM General and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles debut the Jeep Gladiator XMT (Extreme Military-Grade Truck) concept during the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army.