FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Vehicle Production Group received support from Congress Members Joe Donnelly and Congressman Peter J. Visclosky (D – Indiana), who called on a federal agency to rescind a waiver for its "Buy America" program – a waiver that would allow consumers to use Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) funds in purchasing minivans whose final assembly is completed outside the US. VPG's wheelchair-accessible MV-1 is assembled in Mishawaka, Indiana, and its parts supply chain is wholly-based in the United States.
Congressmen Donnelly and Visclosky sent a joint letter to the FTA to express support for VPG's efforts to direct FTA funds to purchase only from American carmakers VPG. In their letter, the Congress Members wrote, "The MV-1, produced by VPG, satisfies the 'Buy America' goal while creating a price- competitive product which allows for universal access."
"We're pleased with the support our Indiana congressmen have given us at VPG in our efforts to produce the only universally accessible vehicle built from the ground up," said John Walsh, CEO of the Vehicle Production Group. "The MV-1 delivers uncompromised mobility and unparalleled rider comfort from the moment it rolls off the assembly line in Mishawaka, Indiana – and we're proud to say it's made in the U.S.A."
VPG produces the MV-1 while providing more than 900 jobs, including employees, suppliers, retailers and service personnel in the U.S.
About the Vehicle Production Group
Headquartered in South Florida, The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) has a simple company mission: to help those with mobility issues find solutions by developing vehicles that allow them to travel with comfort and dignity. The American-built MV-1 was designed for just such a purpose – a versatile, unique and thoughtful vehicle that was built from the ground up specifically for the members of the disability community and those who help them. VPG is also proud to feature a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered engine – the first factory-built, U.S.-made vehicle to offer such an option. For more company information, please visit www.vpgautos.com.
SOURCE Vehicle Production Group