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FCA US Indiana Transmission Plant I Completes Local Bronze Empire

Indiana Transmission Plant I (ITPI) is fifth and final Indiana plant to earn World Class Manufacturing bronze designation

Transmission facility becomes 16th FCA North American plant to achieve milestone

Company has invested more than $1.9 billion in its Indiana operations

Award recognizes progress toward becoming World Class


September 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The FCA US Indiana Transmission Plant I (ITPI) achieved its World Class Manufacturing bronze designation today, the last of the five Indiana facilities to reach the milestone award level. As one of the manufacturing sites for the nine-speed transmission, ITPI plays a key role in the Company’s powertrain offensive. Since 2009, FCA US has invested more than $1.9 billion in its Indiana facilities, collectively making them the largest transmission operation in the world.

In reaching bronze status, ITPI earned a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars following a two-day independent audit on Aug. 30-31. Through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects implemented across the shop floor, the plant demonstrated clear WCM know-how and competence. The designation recognizes the long-term dedication of the workforce to making significant changes that can secure the future of a facility.


“Through their tireless effort and resilient commitment to WCM, the ITPI workforce now holds the bronze designation,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President – Manufacturing, FCA North America. “The dedication of these employees establishes Indiana as a bronze empire and positions the world’s largest transmission operation on a solid path to World Class status.”

In 2015, a significant year for ITPI, the plant produced more than 560,000 transmissions, while celebrating the production of the one millionth nine-speed (a recognition it shared with the Tipton Transmission Plant, which also produces the nine-speed).

“Since 2009, our UAW partners have supported the WCM methodology, understanding how critical it is to the Company’s long-term success,” said Harlow. “It is because of the active participation of our hourly employees that our manufacturing facilities continue to be recognized for eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way.”

World Class Manufacturing, first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009, is a methodology that engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a strong sense of ownership. Plants awarded for their efforts also have a role in accelerating the implementation of WCM throughout the organization as coaches and mentors.

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars, such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 85 would indicate World Class.

Of the 16 plants that have achieved bronze, three have gone on to be awarded silver - Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.) in March 2014, Dundee Engine Plant (Mich.) in May 2015 and Toledo Assembly Complex in May 2016. The 12 additional facilities that currently hold the WCM bronze designation are:

Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Saltillo South Engine Plant (Mexico)
Trenton Engine Complex (Mich.)
Warren Stamping Plant (Mich.)
Indiana Transmission Plant II (Kokomo, Ind.)
Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.)
Kokomo Casting Plant (Ind.)
Toluca Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Sterling Stamping Plant (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
Brampton Assembly Plant (Ontario, Canada)
Tipton Transmission Plant (Ind.)
Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.)


About Indiana Transmission Plant I

At 1.2 million square feet, ITPI began transmission production in 1998. In November 2010, FCA US announced an $843 million investment for the production of a future generation front-wheel-drive automatic transmission. Later in February 2013, the Company announced another investment of $212 million slated for Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting and ITPI facilities for additional tooling and equipment to produce the eight- and nine-speed transmissions. Production of the nine-speed transmission began a few months later in May 2013.

ITPI currently produces the six-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions for Ram trucks, Cummins Diesel and Heavy Duty, in addition to the nine-speed transmissions in all-wheel, four-wheel and two-wheel-drive configurations for the Chrysler Pacifica, Jeep® Cherokee, Jeep Renegade (produced at the Melfi, Italy, Assembly Plant), Chrysler 200 and Ram ProMaster City (produced at the TOFAS plant in Bursa, Turkey).

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Fiat Chrysler Reevaluating Plans To Build New Jeep At Warren Assembly




Sep 12, 2016


Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is reevaluating his plans to build the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer luxury SUVs at it Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan, Automotive News reports.

Warren Assembly, which has been operational since 1938, currently builds the Ram 1500 line of pickups. The Ram will move to FCA’s Sterling Heights plant once the next-generation model arrives in 2018, leaving the 3.3 million square-foot Warren site vacant.

FCA’s idea was to build the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer at Warren once the Ram had departed, but costs have thrown a wrench in the plan. Converting Warren from a body-on-frame line to a unibody line may prove to be too costly, with Marchionne saying the site is a “a very old plant ,” that needs “significant investment.”

Another option would be building the new luxury Jeep at FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit that currently builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. This would require less investment but would likely force Durango production elsewhere – potentially FCA’s Windsor Assembly plant in Ontario.

What’s clear right now is that it’s not clear where the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built. Marchionne’s trying, though, with the Italian-Canadian executive promising reporters the product is “still earmarked,” for production and that he will “continue to work on it.”

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Two FCA US Plants Join World Class Manufacturing Bronze Ranks

Mack Avenue Engine and Toledo Machining become 18th and 19th facilities, respectively, to achieve World Class Manufacturing bronze status

Mack Avenue produces award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine

Toledo Machining manufactured steering columns and torque converters shipped to plants in North America, Venezuela and China

Award recognizes progress toward becoming World Class


September 22, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The FCA US Mack Avenue Engine and Toledo Machining Plants have been awarded bronze status for their efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). They become the 18th and 19th North American facilities to reach the milestone award and bring to six the number of plants that have been designated bronze in 2016.

In reaching bronze status, the Detroit-based engine plant and suburban Toledo component plant earned a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars following two-day independent audits held during the week of Sept. 19. Through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects implemented across the shop floor, the plants demonstrated clear WCM know-how and competence. The designation recognizes the long-term dedication of the workforce to making significant changes that can secure the future of a facility.

“The road to bronze for both of these facilities has had its challenges, but their tireless effort and resilient commitment to WCM has now been recognized and duly rewarded,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President – Manufacturing, FCA North America. “Using the WCM methodology, our employees are suggesting process improvements to help eliminate waste, increase productivity and improve quality and safety, which are ultimately making our facilities more efficient.

“The involvement of our UAW partners in the implementation of WCM has been critical to the success we have achieved since 2009,” said Harlow. “Their continued commitment will ensure that the Company meets its long-term business goals and provides a secure future for all employees.”

WCM, first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009, is a methodology that engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a strong sense of ownership. Plants awarded for their efforts also have a role in accelerating the implementation of WCM throughout the organization as coaches and mentors.

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars, such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 85 would indicate World Class.

Of the 19 plants that have achieved bronze, three have gone on to be awarded silver - Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.) in March 2014, Dundee Engine Plant (Mich.) in May 2015 and Toledo Assembly Complex in May 2016. In addition to Mack Avenue and Toledo Machining, the 14 other facilities that currently hold the WCM bronze designation are:

Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Saltillo South Engine Plant (Mexico)
Trenton Engine Complex (Mich.)
Warren Stamping Plant (Mich.)
Indiana Transmission Plant II (Kokomo, Ind.)
Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.)
Kokomo Casting Plant (Ind.)
Toluca Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Sterling Stamping Plant (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
Brampton Assembly Plant (Ontario, Canada)
Tipton Transmission Plant (Ind.)
Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.)
Saltillo Van (Mexico)
Indiana Transmission Plant I (Kokomo, Ind.)


About Mack Avenue Engine Plant
The 1.4 million-square-foot plant was purchased in 1953 by Chrysler Corporation and converted to a stamping plant in 1974. In 1992, Mack was the production home of the Dodge Viper, which moved to the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (Detroit) in 1995. Mack Engine began producing engines in 1998. In November 2012, the Company announced that it would invest $198 million and add up to 250 new jobs at the plant to produce the award-winning Pentastar (V-6) engine. After building more than 3 million engines in 15 years, production of the 4.7-liter V-8 engine ended on April 4, 2013. Nearly 750 employees currently build three versions of the award-winning Pentastar engine – the 3.0-liter, 3.2-liter and 3.6-liter.

About Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining has been supporting the Company’s transmission and assembly operations for 50 years, having started production in 1966. Since 2011, the Company has invested nearly $100 million in Toledo Machining for the production of steering columns and torque converters for the eight- and nine-speed transmissions. The plant also manufactures torque converters for the four- and six-speed transmissions. Found in a variety of Chrysler, Jeep®, Ram and Dodge products, Toledo Machining ships its components to transmission and assembly plants in North America, Venezuela and China. More than 1,000 people work at the plant.

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Mich. grants FCA $4.56M for Sterling Heights investment

Mich. grants FCA $4.56M for Sterling Heights investment

September 27, 2016

Lansing — State officials on Tuesday granted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV a performance-based grant of $4.56 million.

The Michigan Business Development Program grant was awarded in connection with the investment of more than $1.48 billion by FCA US to convert its Sterling Heights Assembly plant in Metro Detroit from unibody construction to body-on-frame to support production of the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup.


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The company on Tuesday confirmed it will add 700 new jobs when production of the pickup begins at the plant. Those jobs are roughly 1,000 less than the potential workforce increase outlined by the United Auto Workers union as part of the union’s deal with the automaker in 2015.

FCA US officials said the company is “not confirming total SHAP workforce at this time,” citing it “will assess employment needs as production ramps up.” The number of new jobs in Sterling Heights likely will be determined by the number of workers who follow the Ram 1500 from Warren to Sterling Heights or if a third shift is added.

According to United Auto Worker’s 2015 contract summary for members, there’s a “potential workforce increase” of 1,751 people at the plant in Sterling Heights.

The Michigan Business Development Program is designed to provide grants, loans or other economic assistance to businesses for “highly competitive projects in Michigan that create jobs and/or provide investment.” At least 50 jobs must be created to qualify for the program, unless it is considered a “high-technology activity,” in which only 25 jobs need to be added.

The money for FCA US is about half of the maximum $10 million any one project may be given as part of the program.

State officials say the incentives helped ensure the company kept production of the pickup — currently in Warren — in Michigan, rather than other existing plants in Illinois or Ohio.

The incentives follow the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved a 15-year property tax exemption valued at $11.3 million on up to $1 billion in new equipment at the plant in July.

Production of the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan — the Sterling Heights plant’s sole product since 2010 — will end in December. The company has previously said future plans for the Warren Truck “will be announced at a later date.” According to the UAW’s 2015 contract summary for members, Warren is expected to have a new product in 2019 and a potential workforce reduction of 2,406 people.

The company employs more than 9,500 at the assembly plants in Sterling Heights and Warren, as well as supporting stamping plants.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne earlier this year said the new pickup will go on sale by January 2018.

Marchionne said Warren Truck Assembly plant, which builds the Ram 1500, would continue to build the current Ram 1500 for a period of time before it would “embrace the new architecture for the Grand Cherokee and the Grand Wagoneer.”

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Chrysler supplier to open plant in Beloit, bringing 100+ jobs

Sep 28, 2016



BELOIT (WKOW) -- Toledo Molding and Die announced Wednesday it will open a plant in Beloit, creating 118 new jobs.

The supplier to Chrysler says its first Wisconsin plant will be located in the Wisconsin Stateline Industrial Park. The company will manufacture molded automotive parts for Jeep Cherokees that are set to be produced at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Belvidere, Illinois in early 2017.


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Toledo Molding and Die says it's investing more than $14 million in the project. In a news release, Governor Scott Walker said of the project, “TMD had several location options in northern Illinois as well as Wisconsin, and I’m pleased that the company will soon be a part of the Rock County business community. More and more companies are realizing that the state’s pro-business climate, skilled workforce and world-class education system make Wisconsin an ideal location to expand or relocate.”

TMD President Steve Ciucci explained how the company came to its choice. “TMD selected Beloit because of its proximity to our customer, the availability and quality of the workforce, the high quality of life the region offers our employees, and the pro-business environment in the state. We look forward to a successful startup, and a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the state of Wisconsin and the Beloit/Rock County community.”

TMD is set to get up to $750,000 in business development tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) over the next three years. The actual amount of credits it gets depends on how many jobs the company creates.

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Warren Truck Assembly Plant Becomes Newest FCA US Bronze Plant

Warren Truck Assembly Plant Becomes Newest FCA US Bronze Plant

Michigan truck plant becomes 20th North American facility to achieve bronze in World Class Manufacturing methodology

Nearly 14 million award-winning trucks have rolled off the line since 1938

Award recognizes progress toward becoming World Class


October 26, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The FCA US Warren Truck Assembly Plant has been awarded bronze status for its efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). It becomes the 20th North American facility to reach the milestone award and brings to seven the number of plants that have been designated bronze in 2016.

The 78-year-old suburban Detroit truck plant earned bronze after receiving a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars following a two-day independent audit held on Oct. 24 and 25. The plant demonstrated clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects implemented across the shop floor. The designation recognizes the long-term commitment of a workforce to making significant changes that can secure the future of a facility.


“Reaching bronze is a significant achievement as it confirms the workforce’s understanding of the WCM methodology and its dedication to implementing best practices that will make our facilities the best in the world,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President – Manufacturing, FCA North America. “At Warren Truck and across our global manufacturing footprint, our employees now have the tools and resources to eliminate waste by improving processes, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety, while at the same time putting dignity into the workplace.

“Our Warren Truck workforce is to be commended for embracing WCM as a way of life,” said Harlow. “Together with the support and involvement of our UAW partners, we will ensure that the Company meets its long-term business goals and provides a secure future for all employees.”

WCM, first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009, is a methodology that engages the employees to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a strong sense of ownership. Plants awarded for their efforts also have a role in accelerating the implementation of WCM throughout the organization as coaches and mentors.

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars, such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 85 would indicate World Class.

Currently, there are three North American plants at a silver status, having been elevated from bronze after receiving a minimum of 60 points during an audit. Silver is awarded to plants that have taken a preventative approach to implementing the WCM methodology throughout the facility. The silver plants are Windsor Assembly (Ont.) awarded in March 2014; Dundee Engine (Mich.) recognized in May 2015; and Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio) designated in May 2016.

In addition to Warren Truck, the 16 other facilities that currently hold the WCM bronze designation are:

Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Saltillo South Engine Plant (Mexico)
Trenton Engine Complex (Mich.)
Warren Stamping Plant (Mich.)
Indiana Transmission Plant II (Kokomo, Ind.)
Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.)
Kokomo Casting Plant (Ind.)
Toluca Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Sterling Stamping Plant (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
Brampton Assembly Plant (Ontario, Canada)
Tipton Transmission Plant (Ind.)
Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.)
Saltillo Van (Mexico)
Indiana Transmission Plant I (Kokomo, Ind.)
Mack Avenue Engine (Detroit)
Toledo Machining (Ohio)


About Warren Truck
The 3.3 million square-foot plant in suburban Detroit has been making trucks since 1938, including the Dodge Dakota, Mitsubishi Raider and the Ram 1500, the most award-winning light-duty pickup truck. Nearly 14 million trucks have rolled off the line in the plant’s 78 years. Warren Truck has been operating on a three crew schedule since March 2013 and employs nearly 4,500.

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FCA and St. Vincent Dedicate Family Health and Wellness Center in Kokomo, Indiana

FCA and St. Vincent Dedicate Family Health and Wellness Center in Kokomo, Indiana

Indiana Governor joins FCA and St. Vincent executives in celebrating first-of-its-kind, near-site health clinic
The FCA Family Health and Wellness Center, powered by St. Vincent, established to serve FCA employees and their families at more than 22,000 people
Clinic officially opens to patients on July 30
Company anticipates improved employee health and immediate cost savings
FCA joins growing trend of large U.S. employers establishing primary care facilities

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, together with FCA Head of Manufacturing for North America Brian Harlow, FCA US Director of Integrated Health Care & Disability Kathleen Neal and St. Vincent Indiana Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Nalli, officially dedicated the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center, powered by St. Vincent, in Kokomo, Indiana, today. Ready to see patients on July 30, the physician-led, primary care clinic will exclusively service FCA employees and their families, totaling more than 22,000 health care members.

The clinic, the first-of-its-kind to be established by a domestic automaker, will provide a personalized experience through comprehensive primary care services and wellness programs at no cost for most FCA employees and their families in the Kokomo and Tipton areas.


“This clinic is key to helping ensure that our current and future employees receive the quality health care they need to build a strong and prosperous Indiana,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA – North America. “Our employees will benefit from a dedicated and caring staff, 90 percent of whom are from Kokomo and several who have family members working for FCA. For the staff, this work is personal.”

Guests met the “homegrown” staff and toured the clinic after officials cut the ceremonial ribbon.

“Making health care available where people work removes a barrier for improving overall health for employees and their families,” said Governor Holcomb. “It’s more convenient, it’s more affordable, and it has tremendous potential to improve quality of life and attract top talent and investment to this part of the state.”

St. Vincent, part of the Ascension health care organization, was selected to operate the clinic. Dedicated to serving Indiana’s residents for more than 126 years, St. Vincent will offer FCA employees and their families access to not only primary care providers and wellness services through this new clinic, but also to local specialists at St. Vincent Kokomo and other sites of care across the integrated St. Vincent health system.

“St. Vincent has been actively reimagining how health care is delivered by collaborating and creating new avenues for patients to access convenient options for care when needed – for anything from a sore throat to a serious health problem,” said Jonathan Nalli, Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent. “St. Vincent shares FCA’s commitment to wellness and champions preventive care and the importance of catching health conditions early, when treatment has the best chance of being effective. Near-site health clinics like the FCA Family Health & Wellness Center, powered by St. Vincent, are key to making preventive more accessible so we can improve health outcomes in Indiana.”

FCA established the Kokomo clinic to create a more personalized and distinct health care experience, in addition to addressing high per capita health care costs and a shortage of primary care physicians in Indiana.

“Approximately 40 percent of our employees do not have a primary care physician, meaning many of them are visiting emergency rooms and urgent care facilities for proactive or preventative treatment,” said Kathleen Neal, Director of Integrated Health Care & Disability, FCA US. “This clinic represents the shared vision of FCA and St. Vincent by offering our workforce a convenient, high quality and, most importantly, personalized treatment option. In so doing, it is our goal to have a lasting impact on the health of not only our workforce, but the entire community.”

The FCA Family Health and Wellness Center will administer a holistic approach to health across lifestyle, fitness and access to a fully integrated health care system. The clinic will provide a perfect venue for managing chronic conditions such as hypertension. The clinic staff will consist of doctors, nurses, medical assistants, dietitians, exercise physiologists and behavioral health specialists. Staff will also include a physical therapist, x-ray technician, pharmacist, chronic disease manager and patient health advocate. In addition, the clinic will offer phone interpreting and translation services as needed.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, U.S. health care prices have increased a staggering 21.6 percent since 2008, driving companies to identify creative approaches to manage these costs, including developing near-site health clinics. FCA joins a growing trend where 30 percent of large U.S. employers have created clinics as a means of improving employee health and generating related cost savings.

Located at 1765 East Lincoln Road, the clinic is centrally located to the five FCA plants in the area, which comprise one of the largest automotive transmission complexes in the world. Employees interested in scheduling an appointment should call (765) 236-8380 or visit fcawellnesscenter.com.

About FCA Health and Wellness
A long-established innovator in providing programs and services to support the health and wellness of employees and their families, FCA has been recognized nine consecutive years by the National Business Group on Health for programs that enable a healthy workplace and encourage healthy lifestyles for both employees and their families. FCA is committed to "4URHLTH," a program designed to support overall well-being that empowers employees and their families with access to comprehensive tools and resources for leading healthier lifestyles.

Since 1985, the Company’s wellness program has evolved to meet the needs of employees and their families. In the fall of 2008, the Company opened an on-site health clinic and pharmacy inside its Auburn Hills, Michigan, headquarters, providing nearly 12,000 Chrysler employees and contractors with convenient access to high-quality medical care. Today, FCA provides a variety of integrated health plans with preventive services. This comprehensive approach to supporting employee well-being includes access to a variety of health-related resources, including UAW benefit representatives, a Health Advocate for salaried employees, an Employee Assistance Program representative for all employees, on-site medical departments, 25 dedicated wellness staff members and many on-site fitness centers.

About FCA Indiana Transmission Operations
Since 2009, FCA US has committed investments of more than $1.9 billion and added more than 4,100 new jobs to its Indiana transmission operations. The five Kokomo- and Tipton-area manufacturing plants (Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting, Indiana Transmission I and II, and Tipton Transmission) produce the four-, six-, eight- and nine-speed transmissions, powering the Company’s three newest vehicles: the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2019 Ram 1500. In addition, Tipton is the manufacturing site for the innovative eFlite dual-motor electrically variable transmission that powers the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the most efficient minivan of all time.

About St. Vincent
In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $268 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org.

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FCA US Tipton Transmission Plant Celebrates Silver Award

FCA US Tipton Transmission Plant Celebrates Silver Award in World Class Manufacturing

Indiana facility’s award brings total number of silver plants in North America to 10
Progress in WCM, accelerating with five plants achieving silver since January
Tipton first transmission plant to receive silver designation
Award recognizes continued progress toward becoming World Class


July 17, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The FCA US Tipton Transmission Plant becomes the latest plant to be designated silver in the Company’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodology. Recognized for its efforts in expanding the implementation of WCM principles, the Indiana facility is the Company’s 10th North American manufacturing location overall and fifth plant since January to achieve the milestone award.

WCM is the structured and rigorous FCA production methodology designed to make plants more flexible and competitive by eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. First implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009, WCM principles are applied to all aspects of the plant organization, from quality to maintenance, cost control to logistics, with the goal of continuous improvement. WCM also engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership.

Tipton Transmission was awarded silver following a two-day audit during which they earned a minimum of 60 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars. Employees demonstrated clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been expanded across the shop floor.

“I want to applaud the team at Tipton for dedicating themselves to achieving silver just two years after receiving bronze,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President – Manufacturing, FCA North America. “This award is not only significant for Tipton, but also for FCA US. With five plants earning silver since January, it demonstrates that the pace of WCM implementation is accelerating as our employees continue to develop a deeper understanding of the methodology and share their knowledge with others.

“WCM has changed the culture in our plants by recognizing that our employees are important to our success, which has also helped create a new spirit of cooperation, based on mutual respect and a focus on our shared future,” said Harlow.

The achievement of WCM award levels, as confirmed through independent audits, recognizes the long-term commitment of the workforce to making significant changes that can secure the future of a facility. Awarded plants also have a role in accelerating the implementation of WCM throughout the organization as coaches and mentors.

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars, such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 80 would indicate World Class.

In addition to Tipton, the nine other FCA North American facilities that have been designated silver are: Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant, Dundee (Michigan) Engine Plant, Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex, Saltillo (Mexico) South Engine Plant, Mack Avenue (Detroit) Engine Plant, Saltillo (Mexico) Van Assembly Plant, Warren (Michigan) Stamping, Toledo (Ohio) Machining and Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan). Windsor Assembly was the first plant to reach silver status, an honor they received in March 2014. The four plants to achieve silver so far in 2018 are Saltillo Van, Warren Stamping, Toledo Machining and Sterling Stamping.

In addition to the 10 silver plants, there are an equal number of facilities that currently hold the WCM bronze designation:

Saltillo (Mexico) Truck Assembly
Trenton (Michigan) Engine Complex
Indiana Transmission Plant II (Kokomo, Indiana)
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About Tipton Transmission

In February 2013, FCA US announced that it would acquire an existing facility in Tipton, Ind., and invest $162 million to establish an additional assembly site for the nine-speed transmission, creating up to 850 new jobs. Production of the nine-speed transmission began in April 2014. The plant currently employs nearly 950 people. Tipton was the fastest plant to achieve bronze status, a recognition they received in July 2016.

About FCA US LLC

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA is an international automotive group listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Toledo Machining Plant to Build Key Component for First Plug-in Hybrid Jeep®

FCA US Toledo Machining Plant to Build Key Component for First Plug-in Hybrid Jeep®

Ohio plant will build critical Power Electronics module for Jeep® Wrangler PHEV
Company will bring in new work, advanced technology to 54-year-old plant
Wrangler PHEV to launch in 2020; one of more than 30 nameplates with electrified solutions by 2022

August 16, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US announced today that it has awarded the production of the Power Electronics module for the Jeep® Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) to its Toledo Machining Plant, positioning the 54-year-old Ohio facility to play a key role in helping the Company meet future regulatory requirements.

As part of the Capital Markets Day presentation on June 1, 2018, FCA committed to expanding its electrified propulsion systems in global architectures spanning the full range of vehicle segments. The Jeep Wrangler PHEV, which is expected to launch in 2020, will be one of more than 30 vehicle nameplates with electrified solutions by 2022.


“The insourcing of this highly advanced work to Toledo Machining is a reflection of the commitment the workforce has made to improving their processes through the implementation of World Class Manufacturing,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA North America. “As the most iconic of the Jeep nameplates, it is critical that we flawlessly execute the launch of the Wrangler PHEV. The Toledo Machining employees have made a strong business case as to why we should put our faith in them to deliver a great product.”

The Power Electronics module for the Wrangler houses two key electrified powertrain components - the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger Module, which consists of the On Board Charger and the DC/DC Converter. The Power Electronics module is packaged in a protective structure under the vehicle between the exhaust and the prop shaft. Toledo Machining will assemble the sub-systems for the module, upload the applicable software for the Power Inverter Module, and also conduct final testing on the coolant and electrical systems. Finished modules will be delivered to the Toledo Assembly Complex where the Wrangler PHEV will be assembled.

Nearly 850 Toledo Machining employees currently produce steering columns and torque converters for a number of FCA production locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

About Toledo Machining

Construction of the Perrysburg, Ohio, facility began in 1964 with production following two years later in 1966. Since 2011, the Company has invested nearly $92 million to produce steering columns, and torque converters for the eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions in the 1.2-million-square-foot plant.

Toledo Machining was awarded silver status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) in June 2018. WCM is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. It engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants. Toledo Machining was awarded bronze status in September 2016.

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Chrysler: Company boosts transmission production

Chrysler: Company boosts transmission production

09/03/2018

Out with the old. In with the new.

That’s the hope at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Indiana Transmission Plant II on north Ind. 931.

In August, the 600,000-square-foot facility put out its last five-speed transmission after 15 years of production. FCA now has shuttered most of the plant that has manufactured the part for some of the company’s most popular vehicles.

However, a section of the factory is still being used by a small team of workers to produce components for eight-speed transmissions.

There were 491 hourly employees when the plant was producing the five-speed. Of those, 313 hourly employees have been transferred to other facilities since the wind down, and the remaining workers have stayed on at the plant making the components for the eight-speed.

Brian Harlow, head of manufacturing for FCA-North America and a Tipton County native, said the move to stop making five-speed transmissions has been in the works for some time.

“It’s been a very good transmission for us – the five-speed, four-wheel drive,” he said. “Those transmissions made lots of vehicles, but they’re just outdated.”


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Harlow said the five-speed transmission was most recently used in the Jeep Wrangler, but a new version of the popular all-terrain vehicle is set to launch that uses an eight-speed transmission. FCA stopped producing the five-speed Wrangler in March.

But, Harlow said, the fact ITP II is no longer producing transmissions isn’t bad news. In fact, it could end up being a boon for the city.

That’s because FCA now has a large amount of factory space available in Kokomo that could be home to the company’s next new transmission line.

Harlow said what that production line might look like is still unknown, but it likely will be based on electric-vehicle technology or a move to reduce vehicle emissions.

“Whatever, in time, replaces our products, we need space to install the new,” he said. “This allows us now to do that, which is a good thing, because it reduces the investment for the next thing coming. The space already exists ... and we’ve got the people here.”

Construction of the ITP II facility began in 2002, and the plant launched production in November 2003.

BOOSTING OUTPUT

Harlow said, although the facility has been mostly shuttered, the number of workers in Kokomo and Tipton has actually increased, and the former workers at ITP II now have been transferred to one of the other plants to make more of the eight- and nine-speed transmissions, which this year are being produced at an all-time high for the company.

That’s thanks to record sales in July of both Jeep and Ram vehicles, which are powered by Kokomo-built transmissions.

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