Mahindra USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Mumbai, India-based Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., officially opened an assembly plant and distribution center in Calhoun last week with an Indian ceremonial coconut-breaking for good luck.

          Mahindra & Mahindra is one of the largest tractor and light commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world. Mahindra USA began selling tractors in the U.S. in 1994 from its headquarters in Tomball, Texas, and has established a network of 140 dealers in the U.S.

            Located 68 miles north of Atlanta, Mahindra USA’s new eight-acre plant is located in an industrial park that is easily accessible from I-75. The 60,000-square-foot facility includes 7,500 square feet of office space and has a planned annual production capacity of 6,000 tractors.

          Derek Johannes, president of Mahindra USA, said in a statement that the new plant and distribution center was opened “because of recent new dealer expansion and dramatic increase in consumer sales.”

          Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra, hosted a tour of the facility at the opening cermony on May 12 during which he conducted the ceremonial coconut-breaking for local dignitaries and Mahindra dealers.

          Mahindra & Mahindra’s farm equipment division was formed in 1963 as a joint venture with International Harvester Inc. and Voltas Ltd.

          The new entity entitled the International Tractor Company of India played an important role in the mechanization of Indian agriculture and the success of India’s “green revolution.”

          When Mahindra & Mahindra underwent an organizational restructuring in 1994 it became part of the company’s Farm Equipment Sector, which has two main tractor manufacturing plants in India.

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