A decision expected by year’s end from the U.S. Postal Service could be a big factor in whether thousands of automotive jobs land in Michigan or go somewhere else.
Two companies among the finalists to win a lucrative deal for 180,000 next-generation mail delivery trucks are separately eyeing the former Buick City facility in Flint and General Motors’ Lordstown Assembly in Ohio to build the trucks and other vehicles.
That could mean 2,000 jobs or more for Flint and at least “several hundred jobs” in Lordstown. People involved in the discussions say both projects could go forward even without the postal business, but the huge contract, reported to be worth $6.3 billion, clearly could tip the scales from “maybe” to reality.
Mahindra Automotive North America Inc., an India-based automaker, is looking to buy the Flint site.