Novi-based Shyft Group secures $53M contract from U.S. Postal Service

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published November 10, 2021

 The Shyft Group recently secured a $53 million contract from the U.S. Postal Service to produce 447 Utilimaster truck bodies for bulk mail delivery.

The Shyft Group recently secured a $53 million contract from the U.S. Postal Service to produce 447 Utilimaster truck bodies for bulk mail delivery.

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NOVI — A truck body manufacturer from Novi recently secured a $53 million contract from the U.S. Postal Service.

Utilimaster, a brand of Shyft Fleet Vehicles & Services, will provide 447 truck bodies to be used for bulk mail delivery — making deliveries between distribution centers.

The order is in addition to a previous $214 million, multiyear contract for more than 2,000 vehicles, which was completed in the third quarter of 2019.

“For more than 40 years, Utilimaster has been designing and manufacturing purpose-built parcel delivery vehicles that improve delivery efficiencies and driver ergonomics and safety,” Daryl Adams, president and CEO of the Shyft Group, said in a press release. “We take great pride in delivering on our promises and in providing high-quality fleets to our customers.”

The truck bodies were designed to easily load and unload with a liftgate and unique cart-locking system, according to Carrie Wright, the Shyft Group’s chief marketing and communications officer.

The trucks will be built on both cab-over and cab-behind chassis, and they will be available in an 18- or 24-foot body. Manufacturing is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2022 and be completed in 2023.

The Shyft Group specializes in vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and uplift for the commercial, retail and service specialty vehicle markets. While the group is headquartered in Novi, the trucks are manufactured elsewhere.

Novi Economic Development Director Michael McCready said he looks forward to seeing the company’s growth and continued success.

“In these unprecedented times, it brings me such joy that The Shyft Group has secured a $53 million contract with the USPS,” he said in an email. “We are fortunate to host their business here in Novi.”

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