Fiat Chrysler to invest $1 billion in Michigan plant

January 12, 2018 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will invest more than $1 billion to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, Michigan, to produce the next-generation Ram heavy-duty truck, which will relocate from its current production location in Saltillo, Mexico, in 2020. The Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant will be repurposed to produce future commercial vehicles for global distribution.

To support the increased volume at the Warren facility, 2,500 new jobs will be created.

The company will also make a special bonus payment of $2,000 to about 60,000 hourly and salaried employees in the U.S.

“These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our U.S. manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA's success,” CEO Sergio Marchionne says.

Recent and current investments, including those announced last year, involve production shifts at three plants in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to increase capacity for the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Ram light-duty truck, and the introduction of three new Jeep models at plants in Ohio and Michigan. The latest capital expansions are as follows:

  • $700 million in the Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio) to retool the North plant to produce the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. About 700 new jobs will be added to support production.
  • $1.5 billion in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Michigan) to build the next-generation Ram 1500 truck. More than 700 new jobs will be added to support production.
  • $1 billion in the South Plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare the facility to produce a new Jeep truck, and in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant to modernize the plant to build Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. More than 2,000 new jobs will be added at these two plants to support production.

[h/t Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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