MISHAWAKA, Ind., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) joined AM General President and CEO Andy Hove and United Auto Workers Local 5 leadership at AM General's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Assembly Plant, in Mishawaka, Ind., to tour the facility's production line, meet with factory workers, and announce recent U.S. Government contracts to deliver HMMWVs to U.S. allies in Iraq fighting the terrorist group ISIS.
Shortly after Sen. Young's tour of the facility, he and Mr. Hove spoke to a crowd of hundreds of factory workers and assembled media.
Sen. Young said, "The skilled workers at AM General help ensure that our troops and our allies have the best and most modernized vehicles, and AM General serves as a major economic engine for our state. I congratulate the men and women at AM General on earning the contract to deliver vehicles to Iraq to help defeat ISIS."
"Seventy-five percent of our production volume goes to our allies overseas, and each sale is reviewed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. So we are incredibly grateful for the leadership and support of Senator Young," said AM General President and CEO Andy Hove.
Sen. Young's facility visit follows a recently announced $28,195,632 contract modification awarded to AM General to manufacture and deliver 150 new up-armored M1151A1B1 HMMWVs to the U.S. Government for further delivery to Iraq.
Today, there are approximately 230,000 HMMWVs in vehicle fleets around the world.
In addition to discussing these contracts for the delivery of foreign vehicles, Sen. Young also stressed the enduring importance of the HMMWV to the U.S. Army. "The Humvee is an American military icon and will continue to be for decades. It is an essential part of U.S. military operations," Sen. Young noted.
Sen. Young Media Contact: Jay Kenworthy
Indiana Communications Director
AM General Media Contact: Jeff Adams
Executive Director / Global Communications & Marketing
About AM General
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineer, manufacture and support of Light Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained more than 300,000 vehicles in over 60 countries. Its growing Commercial business includes its wholly owned subsidiary, Mobility Ventures, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, the only American made vehicle specifically engineered from the ground up in support of wheelchair users and people with disabilities. AM General is also proud to have been selected by Mercedes-Benz to be its only contract manufacturer in the United States, producing the R-Class vehicle in Mishawaka, Ind. Additionally, the company was selected by the U.S. Postal Service to develop and test advanced automotive technologies for use in the Next Generation Postal Vehicle program. AM General has more than five decades of 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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