Mishawaka, Ind.-based AM General Mobility Ventures has started calling both salaried and hourly employees back to work to produce the MV-1.
As reported by the South Bend Tribune, Mobility Ventures produces the MV-1 — the only American-built vehicle specifically designed from the ground up to meet or exceed the needs of wheelchair passengers and the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In fact, Mobility Ventures has even completed some MV-1s that were partially built at its commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka before the shutdown of the operation in June of 2012.
Rick Smith, AM General executive vice president and president of Mobility Ventures, confirmed to The Tribune that work has already started.
“We recently finished producing many MV-1s which were already in the plant process and we have delivered those MV-1s,” Smith said in an email. “We will continue to call employees back and add resources as we finalize arrangements with more than 100 suppliers producing parts for the MV-1 and as we set up a new nationwide network of MV-1 dealers.”
Delivery of newly built MV-1s will begin taking place in early 2014, said John Walsh, vice president of sales and marketing for Mobility Ventures.
Mobility Ventures was formed in September when AM General purchased the Vehicle Production Group, the parent company of the MV-1. Walsh is the former chief executive officer of the Vehicle Production Group.
Production rates will affect the call-back of additional employees, Smith said.
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