It used to be one of the largest companies in St. Joseph County but after a series of layoffs and cut backs, that's not the case.
Recently AM General announced that some temporary layoffs would continue.
The company let employees know that the layoffs could last until at least June before production is brought back on the military side. AM General is waiting on some international orders while domestic business has dwindled the past few years.
“There's strong demand internationally but pursuing international business is a rigorous and complex endeavor that targets many different countries that have vastly different rules and regulation than the U.S.,” says AM General spokesman Jeff Adams.
Meanwhile on the commercial side more than one hundred workers were also laid off this past summer that were responsible for the production of the MV-1.
There's hope that AM General will win the contract for the JLTV, joint light tactical vehicle, from the Department of Defense.
If the company wins, it could bring back hundreds of jobs. There are two other companies vying for the contract.
Over the years staffing at AM general has changed dramatically. Adams says there are 500 people that work in Mishawaka and South Bend.
According to the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce the latest numbers show AM General as the fourth largest employer in the county with 24-hundred people working for the corporate headquarters and plant.