CONCORD, N.C. — GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors, unveiled a new Concord production facility Tuesday where it’s currently building troop carriers for the U.S. Army. It’s part of a $214 million contract awarded last year.
The 75,000-square-foot plant is just minutes from Hendrick Motorsports, which is responsible for providing the chrome-moly steel exoskeleton of the troop carrier’s frame.
The troop carrier being built at the facility is called an Infantry Squad Vehicle. The company says it’s a light and agile all-terrain vehicle that is designed to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad.
According to GM Defense, the vehicle is designed to provide a “better boot” to infantry soldiers, helping to eliminate the traditional march of wars past and providing rapid mobility to the fight on nearly any battlefield.
>>In the video at the top of the page, reporter Anthony Kustura explains the reason why GM Defense brought the operations to Cabarrus County and the future plans the company is already working on.