General Motors' defense subsidiary appointed a new president and officially opened its North Carolina manufacturing center, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The production plant, in Concord, has already begun building GM Defense's Infantry Squad Vehicle for the U.S. Army. GM Defense was awarded the $214.3 million contract last June. The Army has an acquisition objective of 2,065 vehicles for infantry brigade combat teams over eight years. GM Defense has space to expand the plant for larger or additional orders, spokeswoman Sonia Taylor told Automotive News.
The truck is the first major product for GM Defense since it was reestablished by the automaker in 2017. The original GM Defense, which helped U.S. combat efforts beginning with World War I, was acquired by General Dynamics in 2003.
GM Defense's new president, Steve duMont, joins the company from Raytheon Intelligence & Space, where he implemented a global growth strategy. He previously worked for BAE Systems and Boeing. From 1993 to 2001, duMont was an aviation officer and attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. Former President David Albritton left the company in November to join Amazon Web Services.