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FCA US Jefferson North Assembly Plant Earns World Class Manufacturing

FCA US Jefferson North Assembly Plant Earns World Class Manufacturing Bronze Award
Motor City’s Only Assembly Plant Awarded for Process Improvements and Employee Engagement


Bronze designation signifies a more flexible, efficient plant
Jefferson North joins 11 other FCA North American facilities in bronze ranks
Progress in WCM continues with six plants achieving award levels since January
More than 5,000 Jefferson North employees produce the Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Dodge Durango


November 15, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The Jefferson North Assembly Plant is the latest FCA US facility to be recognized for its efforts in eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety.

The only auto assembly plant located completely within the city of Detroit was awarded a bronze designation in the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodology on Nov. 14, 2018. It becomes FCA’s 12th North American facility to currently hold bronze and the Company’s sixth facility to reach an award level since January of this year.


The designation recognizes the long-term commitment of more than 5,000 Jefferson North employees to making significant improvements in how they build the Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Dodge Durango.

What is WCM?

WCM is a structured and rigorous production methodology designed to make plants more flexible and competitive. Its principles are applied to all aspects of the plant, from quality to maintenance, cost control to logistics, with the goal of reaching zero accidents, zero waste, zero breakdowns and zero inventory. The WCM methodology is unique in that it engages the workforce to create and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership. Independent audits are conducted throughout the year to assess WCM know-how and competence as demonstrated during employee-conducted presentations and a review of projects that have been executed across the plant.

Why is WCM Important?
Because the focus of WCM is to eliminate waste of all kinds, it is key to reducing the impact of the FCA production processes. It means using resources wisely, making all FCA facilities more productive and creating clean, ergonomically-friendly workstations for employees. WCM recognizes that the employees are important to achieving the Company’s business objectives.

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“Achieving bronze is a well-deserved honor for the team at Jefferson North. As we have been retooling and shifting production at other plants, Jefferson North has been running virtually non-stop to build some of our most popular vehicles. Our Jefferson North workforce is to be commended for its dedication to applying WCM principles to improve the plant’s operations and embracing it as a way of life.”

- Brian Harlow, Vice President – Manufacturing, FCA North America.

“Our Jefferson North workforce is the reason why this plant is being recognized with the WCM bronze designation. Their drive to continuously improve our processes to build the best vehicles possible for our customers speaks to the character of our employees.”

- Zach Leroux, Plant Manager – Jefferson North Assembly Plant, FCA US

“It’s a great achievement. It was a lot of hard work. Working together as a team, we achieved Bronze.”

- Wade Hills, UAW Joint Safety Pillar Lead – Jefferson North Assembly Plant, FCA US

“We engaged the employees. We had people on the floor asking how they can help the plant achieve Bronze.”

- Caron Recker, WCM Lead – Jefferson North Assembly Plant, FCA US

World Class Manufacturing Facilities
There are 10 FCA North American plants that have been designated silver, five* of which have been awarded in 2018:


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*
Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan)*
Tipton Transmission Plant*


In addition to Jefferson North, there are 11 facilities that currently hold the WCM bronze designation:

Saltillo (Mexico) Truck Assembly
Toluca (Mexico) Assembly
Trenton (Michigan) Engine Complex
Brampton (Ontario) Assembly
Indiana Transmission Plant II (Kokomo, Indiana)
Belvidere (Illinois) Assembly
Kokomo (Indiana) Transmission Plant
Indiana Transmission Plant I (Kokomo, Indiana)
Kokomo (Indiana) Casting
Warren (Michigan) Truck Assembly
CPK Interiors, Port Hope (Ontario)

About Jefferson North Assembly Plant

1991: Began construction on the plant
1992: Produced the first Jeep Grand Cherokee
1999: Underwent an expansion
2010:
May: Started production of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
July: Began second shift of production
December: Started production of the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, the first Dodge ever to be produced at Jefferson North
2012:
January: Announced addition of a third crew (1,100 jobs)
October: Third crew began
2013: Celebrated the 5M vehicle produced, a Billet Silver 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was donated to the USO
2016: Produced its 6M vehicle, a 75th anniversary 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Granite Crystal


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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FCA US Jefferson North Assembly Plant


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Jefferson North is the latest FCA US facility to be recognized for its efforts in eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety.
 

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Toledo Assembly Complex - North Plant, Toledo, Ohio


Nov 17, 2018

The Stickney Plant was built in 1942 and acquired from Autolite in 1964 for use as a machining and engine plant. In 1981, it was converted for vehicle production, building the Jeep Grand Wagoneer until the summer of 1991. The facility became the Toledo Assembly Plant when Chrysler Corporation acquired American Motors Corporation (AMC) in August 1987. In the fall of 1997, Toledo North Assembly Plant was built for the production of the Jeep Liberty, which launched in April 2001. The 2007 Dodge Nitro launched in August 2006 and the 2008 Jeep Liberty launched in July 2007. The last Dodge Nitro rolled off the line on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Production of the Jeep Liberty ended on Aug. 16, 2012. The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee began production on June 24, 2013. In November 2011, the Company announced that it would invest $500 million in the Toledo North Plant. A 260,000-square-foot expansion was added to the existing body shop and upgrades were made to all other areas of the assembly plant. In addition, a state-of-the-art, 26,000-square-foot Metrology Center was built to help improve vehicle quality by verifying key measurements to ensure accurate fit and finish. The Company also announced that it would add a second shift of production or about 1,100 jobs at Toledo North in the third quarter of 2013. The second shift began on Aug. 19, 2013. The Toledo Supplier Park was built in 2005 for the production of the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. The complex includes body and chassis operations in partnership with Kuka and OMMC, respectively, in buildings on the same site as Toledo North Assembly and the former Stickney Assembly. The paint shop was originally run in partnership with Magna, but in the first quarter of 2011, the Company assumed responsibility for paint operations. Production of the 2011 Jeep Wrangler began in August 2010. The last Wrangler JK rolled off the line on April 27, 2018, after building 2,165,678 of the iconic Jeep model. FCA US announced on July 14, 2016, that it would invest $700 million in Toledo's North plant to produce the next generation Jeep Wrangler. Approximately 700 new jobs will be added. To make room for the new Wrangler, production of the Jeep Cherokee ended on April 6, 2017. Since its introduction in 2013, 949,151 Cherokees rolled off the Toledo assembly line. Production of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler began in December 2017. On Jan. 8, 2017, the Company confirmed that it would invest another $1 billion to retool and modernize Toledo's South plant to build an all-new Jeep pickup truck as well as the Warren Truck Assembly Plant to produce the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. These actions are planned to be completed by 2020. More than 2,000 jobs will be added to support production of these models.
 

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Mopar Virginia PDC Awarded Bronze Status

Mopar Virginia PDC Awarded Bronze Status in World Class Logistics

Mopar Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Winchester, Virginia, reaches Bronze status in World Class Logistics (WCL) program
Mopar Winchester PDC is second in North America to reach WCL Bronze status
WCL program recognizes facilities that meet set technical and managerial pillars in reducing waste and improving quality
Mopar PDC in Center Line, Michigan, also awarded WCL Bronze status earlier this year
Mopar Winchester PDC one of two opened in U.S. in 2017
Mopar global network features 50-plus PDCs worldwide


November 30, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The Mopar Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Winchester, Virginia, recently received notification that the facility has earned Bronze status in the prestigious World Class Logistics (WCL) program, which recognizes facilities that achieve set technical and managerial pillars in reducing waste and improving quality.

The Mopar Winchester PDC is the second FCA distribution unit in North America to receive WCL Bronze status honors, and just the third worldwide to earn the prestigious honor. Earlier this year, the Center Line PDC, located in Metro Detroit, earned WCL Bronze level recognition.

The WCL methodology provides a blueprint, using 10 technical and 10 managerial key metrics, for FCA distribution operations to follow in order to function more efficiently and cost effectively.

“At Mopar, we hold ourselves to the highest standards and we are extremely proud of the employees at the Winchester PDC who contributed to reaching WCL Bronze status,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America. “Including our Center Line facility in Michigan, this is the second Mopar PDC in six months to earn WCL Bronze recognition, which is proof of our commitment to delivering the most productive parts distribution processes to better serve our dealers and customers.”

The Winchester, Virginia, PDC received the WCL Bronze Award following a two-day audit conducted by Thomasz Gebka, Lead Auditor and Plant Manager at Belvidere (Illinois) Assembly, along with co-auditor May-Leng Yau-Patterson, Head of Mexico World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Operations.

The Winchester facility has been able to reduce operating costs through continuous improvement projects and effectively expand its systematic pillars of Safety, Workplace Organization, Autonomous Maintenance, Professional Maintenance and Logistics & Customer Service, far exceeding the WCL Bronze level criteria of 30 percent extension. The Winchester PDC was also ranked high in benchmarking metrics in regards to the quality of warehouse parts “picking.”

The Winchester PDC, which opened in 2017, demonstrated rapid progression in earning WCL Bronze status. The quick recognition was thanks in the large parts to efforts undertaken during the construction and development phase of the PDC to ensure it was designed to meet WCL technical and managerial pillars.

The 400,000-plus-square-foot Winchester PDC represents more than 70 jobs over two shifts. The facility handled 386,951 inbound tasks and 2,066,681 outbound tasks last year alone. The Winchester location was one of two new Parts Distribution Centers opened in the U.S. in 2017, encompassing a combined investment of $22.6 million by FCA US.

The Mopar global network includes more than 50 PDCs around the world. The historic Fiat plant in Rivalta, located near Turin in Italy, was recently announced as the planned site of a Mopar PDC serving Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and additional world markets.

About Mopar

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com.
 

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FCA US Sheds Light on “Smart” LEDs

Brightening the New Year: FCA US Sheds Light on “Smart” LEDs

LEDs with wireless controls now at two manufacturing facilities, enabling automated energy management
More than half of its manufacturing facilities, two Mopar Parts Distribution Centers and 87 dealerships now lit with LED fixtures


January 7, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US LLC rings in 2019 on a bright note after installing intelligent lighting systems in two metro Detroit operations, Jefferson North Assembly Plant and Warren Stamping Plant, helping drive down energy costs by at least 50 percent and improving employee productivity by making the spaces responsive to the needs at each workspace.

“Making the move now to the most advanced LED lights with wireless control capabilities gives us the ability to track our real-time consumption and react, respond and customize our energy use quicker than ever before,” said Kevin Dunbar, corporate energy manager at FCA US LLC. “LEDs also mimic natural light, which has shown to increase our employees’ comfort and productivity. This transition is just one element that helps modernize our operations while also reducing our environmental footprint and operational costs.”



The sensors “talk” with each other via a wireless network and can adjust illumination based on occupancy needs or the intensity needed in the specific location. The sensor-based digital network creates a smart building that runs on autopilot, reducing operating expenses and increasing business efficiencies for the operations teams.

Additional HighLIGHTS

The Company has now retrofitted more than half of its manufacturing facilities, two Mopar Parts Distribution Centers and 87 dealerships with more than 35,000 LED fixtures:

The 5-million-square-foot Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan is lit by 12,000 LEDs, making it one of the largest LED retrofits in the manufacturing industry. The installation reduced energy use by 34 percent.

Through the “FCA Bright Initiative” launched in 2017, the Company has now transformed 87 FCA dealerships with indoor and outdoor LED lighting solutions to provide customers and dealership employees with a brighter and safer environment at night. The initiative can slash a dealership’s total electricity costs by up to 50 percent.

The two newest U.S.-based Mopar Parts Distribution Centers in Romulus, Michigan, and Winchester, Virginia, use more than 2,800 LED lights.

Commitment to Energy Reduction
By 2020, FCA aims to achieve a 30 percent reduction in energy consumed per vehicle produced versus 2010 at mass-market vehicle assembly and stamping plants worldwide. By the end of 2017, FCA’s energy consumption was down 24 percent compared with 2010.
 

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FCA Pentastar Production Hits 10 Million

FCA Pentastar Production Hits 10 Million

Award-winning Pentastar engine family comprises six variations in three displacements that power half of all vehicles produced for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial lineups
Soon to be available in 16 FCA models across five brands and 10 vehicle segments†
Highly flexible design has enabled timely evolution with seamless integration of advanced technologies – from two-step variable valve lift to hybridization
3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 contributes to 11 best-in-class U.S.-market fuel-economy ratings across four vehicle segments,† along with six unsurpassed ratings in three segments†
Best-selling engine in Canada, with its subarctic climate, for six years running
Introduced in model-year 2011, Pentastar replaced seven engine families, benefiting FCA with significant economies of scale


February 13, 2019 , Trenton, Mich. -

The 10-millionth Pentastar engine was produced here today at FCA US LLC’s Trenton Engine Complex.

Introduced as a 3.6-liter V-6 in 2010, the Pentastar engine family has accounted for six placings among the prestigious annual list of Wards 10 Best Engines and currently comprises six fuel-saving variations that feature technologies from Variable Valve Lift (VVL) to hybridization.

Acclaimed for it silky, torque-rich performance, today’s 3.6-liter Pentastar is the common denominator among 11 current best-in-class fuel-economy ratings for U.S.-market, gasoline-powered vehicles equipped with V-6 engines. (See below.) These are in addition to its ownership of the all-time minivan-efficiency mark, achieved in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Pentastars currently account for half the combined total of engines that power Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial vehicles. And with this year’s launch of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup, they will be available in 16 models across 10 vehicle segments.†

“The Pentastar family has all the hallmarks of an enduring icon,” said Bob Lee, Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion, and Systems Engineering, FCA – North America. “We upped the ante among high-volume, mainstream-market, V-6 engines. And our customers won big.”

Pentastar design distinguishes itself with innovative features ranging from a completely integrated exhaust manifold, to environmentally friendlier oil-filter cartridges made from paper. And with little or no modification, Pentastar engines can accommodate longitudinal or transverse mounting; front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive architectures; as well as automatic and manual transmissions.

Within four years of launch, this flexibility helped FCA replace seven six-cylinder engine families with a single V-6 design that lends responsiveness and fuel efficiency to every vehicle in which it is offered. These two attributes were key targets for the 2015 introduction of an upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar, which boasts cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for greater efficiency, particularly under high load situations.

Further, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar delivers a torque boost of up to 14.9 percent at engines speeds below 3,000 rpm – where torque really counts. FCA US also enhanced fuel economy and refinement with the addition of two-step variable valve lift (VVL).

Said Lee: “Pentastar engines do exactly what they were engineered to do. They deliver satisfying experiences in a wide range of driving conditions.”

In Canada, where most of the country’s climate is classified as subarctic, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is the best-selling engine for six years running.

For the 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar was adapted to accommodate the eTorque mild-hybrid system. It not only adds fuel-saving stop-start functionality that is seamless, it increases available torque, in short bursts, by up to 90 lb.-ft.

The eTorque-equipped Pentastar is also the latest member of the celebrated V-6 family to be named one of Wards 10 Best Engines. The remaining Pentastar family members are:

3.6-liter V-6 hybrid in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
3.6-liter V-6 (first- and second-generation)
3.2-liter V-6, which is exclusive to the Jeep Cherokee
3.0-liter V-6, which is exclusive to China


FUEL-ECONOMY ACHIEVEMENTS

Among model-year 2019 U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to best-in-class, miles-per-gallon (mpg) ratings in these vehicle segments†:

Middle Specialty Car

Dodge Challenger – combined city/highway cycle (23 mpg)
Dodge Challenger – highway cycle (30 mpg)

Large Regular Car

Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – combined city/highway cyle (23 mpg)
Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – highway cycle (30 mpg)
Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Sport Utility

Jeep Wrangler – combined city/highway cycle (20 mpg)
Jeep Wrangler – highway cycle (25 mpg)
Jeep Wrangler – city cycle (18 mpg)

Middle Sport Utility

Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – combined cycle (21 mpg)
Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – highway cycle (26 mpg)
Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – city cycle (19 mpg)

Among current U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to unsurpassed fuel-economy ratings in these vehicle segments†:

Middle Specialty

Dodge Challenger – city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Van


Chrysler Pacifica – combined mpg (22)
Chrysler Pacifica – highway mpg (28)
Chrysler Pacifica – city mpg (19)

Large Pickup

Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) – combined city/highway cycle (22 mpg)
Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) –city cycle (20 mpg)

† 2019 WardsAuto Segmentation

Pentastar Engine Program with Bob Lee


 

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FCA to Expand Production Capacity in Michigan

FCA to Expand Production Capacity in Michigan to Grow Core Brands, Electrify Jeep® Vehicles

$4.5 Billion to Build New Assembly Plant in Detroit and Add Production at Five Existing Michigan Facilities, Creating Nearly 6,500 Jobs

FCA total committed investments in the U.S. grow to nearly $14.5 billion since 2009, with nearly 30,000 jobs created to date
Investment would be next step in Company’s U.S. industrialization plan, announced in 2016 to expand Jeep® and Ram brands
Introduces two new Jeep-branded “white space” products in key market segments
Enables electrification of new Jeep models
$1.6 billion investment would convert Mack Avenue Engine Complex into manufacturing site for next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV, creating 3,850 new jobs
$900 million investment at Jefferson North to retool and modernize plant for continued production of Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee with 1,100 new jobs expected
Warren Truck 2017 investment increases to $1.5 billion for production of all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, as well as continued assembly of Ram 1500 Classic with addition of 1,400 new jobs
All three assembly sites would also produce plug-in hybrid versions of their respective Jeep models with flexibility to build fully battery-electric models in the future
Sterling Stamping and Warren Stamping plants to receive more than $400 million total investment to support additional production, potentially creating about 80 new jobs at Sterling
$119 million investment to relocate Pentastar engine production currently at Mack I to the Dundee Engine Plant; production at Mack would end by Q3 2019
Projects contingent on land acquisition and the negotiation of development incentives with the cities of Detroit, Sterling Heights, Warren, Dundee and state of Michigan
City of Detroit has 60 days to deliver on commitments outlined in Memorandum of Understanding related to Mack and Jefferson North projects

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) confirmed today plans to invest a total of $4.5 billion in five of its existing Michigan plants, and to work with the city of Detroit and state of Michigan on building a new assembly plant within city limits. The move would increase capacity to meet growing demand for its Jeep® and Ram brands, including production of two new Jeep-branded white space products, as well as electrified models. The proposed projects would create nearly 6,500 new jobs.

The plant actions detailed in today’s announcement represent the next steps in a U.S. manufacturing realignment that FCA began in 2016. In response to a shift in consumer demand toward SUVs and trucks, the Company discontinued compact car production and retooled plants in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to make full use of available capacity to expand the Jeep and Ram brands. Those actions have resulted in the recent launches of the award-winning all-new Jeep Wrangler and all-new Ram 1500, and the introduction of the newest member of the Jeep family, the all-new Jeep Gladiator, at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.


“Three years ago, FCA set a course to grow our profitability based on the strength of the Jeep and Ram brands by realigning our U.S. manufacturing operations,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, FCA N.V. “Today’s announcement represents the next step in that strategy. It allows Jeep to enter two white space segments that offer significant margin opportunities and will enable new electrified Jeep products, including at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles and the flexibility to produce fully battery-electric vehicles.”

The city of Detroit has 60 days to meet the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding, which requires the acquisition of property critical to the execution of the Mack project. The additional investments are subject to the successful negotiation and final approval of development packages with the state and other local governments.

Plant Investment Details
FCA would invest $1.6 billion to convert the two plants that comprise the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the future assembly site for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, adding 3,850 new jobs to support production. The Company intends to start construction of the new Detroit facility by the end of Q2 2019 with the first three-row vehicles expected to roll off the line by the end of 2020, followed by the all-new Grand Cherokee in the first half of 2021.

Also as part of this announcement, the Jefferson North Assembly Plant would receive an investment of $900 million to retool and modernize the facility to build the Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA expects to create 1,100 new jobs at Jefferson North.

The reborn Mack facility would be the first new assembly plant to be built in the city of Detroit in nearly three decades. In 1991, Jefferson North was the last new assembly plant built in the city. When complete, Mack would join Jefferson North as the only automotive assembly plants to be located completely within the city limits of Detroit.

The Pentastar engines – the 3.6-, 3.2- and 3.0-liter – currently built at Mack I would be relocated to the Dundee Engine Plant as part of a $119 million investment. Pentastar production at Mack I would end by Q3 2019. Mack II has been idle since it ceased production of the 3.7-liter V-6 in September 2012.

FCA also confirms the investment at Warren Truck to retool for production of the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, announced in 2017, along with their electrified counterparts, would increase to $1.5 billion. Production is expected to launch in early 2021. In addition to the new Jeep models, the plant would continue building the Ram 1500 Classic, which is being extended to meet market demand. It is expected that 1,400 new jobs would be added. As a result of this investment announcement, production of the all-new Ram Heavy Duty will continue at its current location in Saltillo, Mexico.

To support the additional production, the Company’s Warren Stamping (Warren, Michigan) and Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan) plants would receive investments of $245 million and $160 million, respectively, with Sterling Stamping expected to add more than 80 new jobs.

This investment is part of the Company's capital spending plan presented in June 2018.

Realignment of FCA U.S. Manufacturing Operations
Over the past two years, FCA has realigned production at four plants in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to increase capacity for the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 light-duty truck, and created additional manufacturing capacity for the Jeep Gladiator in Ohio.

The investments included:


$350 million in the Belvidere Assembly Plant (Illinois) to produce the Jeep Cherokee, which moved from Toledo, Ohio, in 2017. More than 300 new jobs were added to support production, which launched in June 2017.
$700 million in the Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio) to retool the North plant to produce the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Approximately 700 new jobs were added to support production, which began in December 2017.
$1.48 billion in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Michigan) to build the next-generation Ram 1500 truck, adding more than 700 new jobs. Production of the new truck began in March 2018. Production of the Ram 1500 Classic continues at Warren Truck (Michigan).
$273 million in the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare the facility to produce the all-new Jeep Gladiator. The new truck is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2019.

In total, FCA has committed to invest nearly $14.5 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, creating nearly 30,000 new jobs since June 2009.
 

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FCA Etobicoke Casting Plant Becomes Latest Bronze World Class

FCA Etobicoke Casting Plant Becomes Latest Bronze World Class Manufacturing Facility

Located in Ontario, Canada, Etobicoke Casting becomes 23rd FCA North American facility to achieve bronze in World Class Manufacturing methodology
Plant produces aluminum die castings, structural crossmembers and pistons for nearly all FCA vehicles
WCM methodology focuses on eliminating waste, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way
Award recognizes progress toward becoming World Class


March 1, 2019 , Windsor, Ontario - The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Etobicoke Casting Plant has been awarded bronze status for its efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). It becomes the 23rd North American facility to reach the milestone award level and the first plant to be awarded in 2019.

World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and apply suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership. WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009.

The 77-year-old Etobicoke Casting 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 Feb. 27 and 28.

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 bronze designation recognizes the long-term commitment of the workforce to making significant changes that can secure the future of a facility.

“Reaching bronze is a significant accomplishment that confirms the Etobicoke workforce’s understanding and commitment to the WCM methodology,” said Carlo Materazzo, Head of World Class Manufacturing. “Their dedication to implementing WCM best practices has improved the plant’s operations and the products they deliver to their customers. I want to thank all of the Etobicoke employees for embracing WCM as a way of life.”

During a WCM audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for 10 managerial pillars, such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. Bronze is awarded to plants that earn 50 or more points, followed by a silver designation if a score is achieved between 60-70 points. Plants that reach gold score between 70-85 points and World Class is awarded for 85 points or more.

There are 10 North American plants that currently hold a silver designation, 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 (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
Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan)
Tipton (Indiana) Transmission Plant

In addition to Etobicoke Casting, there are 12 other facilities that hold the WCM bronze designation:

Saltillo (Mexico) Truck Assembly
Toluca (Mexico) Assembly
Trenton (Michigan) Engine Complex
Brampton (Ontario) Assembly
Indiana Transmission Plant II (Kokomo, Indiana)
Belvidere (Illinois) Assembly
Kokomo (Indiana) Transmission Plant
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About Etobicoke Casting Plant

Originally built in 1942 by the Canadian government to support the World War II effort, the plant began operations as Alcan Aluminum to produce sand and permanent molds for military aircraft applications. Twenty-two years later, it would be acquired by the Chrysler Corporation with a major expansion added in 1965.

In 1998, further expansion to the facility was completed to accommodate a new piston cast process and, specifically, the addition of tooling and equipment for the high-pressure die casting department.

In 2010, the Company announced a $27.2 million investment for new tooling to produce front and rear crossmembers. This new technology investment has also improved the plant’s quality, testing and inspection processes.

Nearly 300 people work over three shifts at the 285,000-square-foot plant, producing aluminum die castings, such as adapters, powertrain mounts, transfer cases and stators, for a variety of Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles that are assembled at plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The plant’s central location just outside of Toronto plays an integral part in both inbound and outbound deliveries from suppliers, as well as the Company’s manufacturing locations. In 2014, the plant celebrated its 50th year of producing die cast parts for FCA US.

About FCA Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, FCA Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 94th anniversary in 2019. FCA Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of FCA US LLC, a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA Canada has approximately 440 dealers and sells 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. In addition to its assembly facilities, which produce the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan (Windsor), Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger (Brampton), FCA Canada operates an aluminum casting plant in Etobicoke, a research and development centre in Windsor, and has sales offices and parts distribution centers throughout the country.
 

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Fiat Chrysler To Layoff 700 Autoworkers

Fiat Chrysler To Layoff 700 Autoworkers This Summer
April 05, 2019


DETROIT (WWJ) - A major project to bring thousands of jobs to Detroit could mean temporary layoffs for about 700 autoworkers.

Fiat Chrysler has filed a letter with the state that says effective May 30, the automaker will begin implementing temporary layoffs as part of a temporary closing of its Mack Engine Plant on Detroit's eastside in order to retool the location for possible future production.

More than 400 workers would be laid off around May 30. Others would be out of work in June, July and August.

In February, Fiat Chrysler announced it would spend $1.6 billion to convert Mack Engine into an assembly plant and create 3,800 jobs.

The plant is expected to be closed for more than six months during the transition. The automaker said most employees will have the opportunity to work at another location during the temporary plant closure.

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FCA to invest $262 million in Ontario plant

FCA to invest $262 million in Ontario plant

The meeting took place three weeks after the carmaker announced that it would cut the third shift at the Windsor Assembly Plant by September 30 due to weakening sales of Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans . This would further lead to 1500 jobs cut.

April 18, 2019

Automaker, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will be investing $262 million at its Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant for a future product, as per a media report.

The president of the Unifor union, Jerry Dias expressed his views after a meeting with FCA executives and stated that he is “not optimistic” the factory's third production shift can be saved.


According to the report, Dias also said that investment indicates FCA’s commitment to the minivan plant.

The meeting took place three weeks after the carmaker announced that it would cut the third shift at the Windsor Assembly Plant by September 30 due to weakening sales of Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans . This would further lead to 1500 jobs cut.

The investment may not be able to save the third shift at the plant, the report mentioned. The union and FCA will further discuss possible solutions for all the jobs cut. This includes a job-sharing program involving FCA and with the federal government.

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Detroit City Council approves land deal for Fiat Chrysler plant

Detroit City Council approves land deal for Fiat Chrysler plant


05/21/2019



DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit City Council approved a proposed land swap deal for a Fiat Chrysler plant on Tuesday afternoon during the regular hearing. The plan passed by a 6-3 vote.

Earlier this month, the city announced it had acquired 25 acres of land that would be necessary for FCA to build the $1.6 billion plant. They had to work out a deal with DTE Energy, the Great Lakes Water Authroity, Hantz Farms and Crown Enterprises, as well as the owners of several smaller parcels of land.


Detroit spent $107.6 million to acquire the necessary land, as well as land swaps using 155 acres of city and Detroit Land Bank authority property. Mayor Duggan says they traded many vacant city owned plots of land with other land owners to achieve a large section of the property.

The cost will be split between the city and the State of Michigan, with Detroit responsible $50.6 million. That will be funded by uncommitted City of Detroit bond funds, a loan to the Detroit Browfield Redevelopment Authority and $7.1 million from the sale of the Millennium Garage. If the city does not recoup it’s approx. $57.4 million dollar land investment in 30 years, FCA has agreed to reimburse the city.

Detroit has also asked for $57 million in grants and loans from the state of site preparation.

As part of this development deal, there is a significant community benefits agreement. FCA has agreed to create a training program at the local high school and community college. There will be a grant program established for homeowners living in the impacted area. FCA has agreed to prioritize the people who live in the zip code where the new plant is built for internships, training programs and hiring. Anyone living in the city of Detroit will be prioritized next.

Mayor Duggan says other land deals with suppliers will follow near the FCA Mack plant.

The City Council must still approve the deal and the land deals must be approved by the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, which will tranfer the properties to Fiat Chrysler. If approved, construction is expected to begin in the second quarter. FCA says the plant will be open by 2022 at the latest and they aim to start the training programs in 2019.

Mayor Duggan says the council has played a big part is assembling and helping to negotiate this deal and he is confident they will approve it.

Fiat Chrysler announced plans to open the new factory in February, provided they were able to obtain the land on which to build it.

The new assembly plant will be built on Mack and St. Jean. This will be the first new assembly plant to be built in Detroit in almost three decades, and will be a $1.6 billion investment. It is expected to bring 5,000 jobs to the city.

In total, the company is investing $4.5 billion into the new plant and five existing Michigan plants, and will create 6,500 new jobs in the metro Detroit area.
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FCA Statement Regarding Michigan and Detroit Investment


FCA Statement Regarding Michigan and Detroit Investment



May 21, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - “Thanks to the strong support of Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and city of Detroit, I am pleased to confirm that plans to invest in our Jefferson North Assembly Plant and build a new state-of-the-art assembly plant in Detroit have been given the green light. At FCA, we are continuing to build a secure future, not only for our Company but also for the communities in which we operate. This investment enables us to deliver on this promise in the state and city we call home.”

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FCA expands its Detroit footprint

FCA expands its Detroit footprint as the only automaker assembling vehicles in the city


Construction is underway at the Mack Avenue Engine Complex.

FCA is currently the only automaker to have an automotive assembly plant located entirely within the city limits of Detroit and the Company is increasing that commitment with a $2.5 billion investment – and adding nearly 5,000 new jobs – to enhance and expand its footprint in the city.

The investment will convert the existing Mack Avenue Engine Complex into an assembly site, and retool and modernize the Jefferson North plant to increase capacity to meet growing demand for Jeep® vehicles.

The Objects in the Mirror blog and FCA corporate social media sites are providing background on the Detroit project, construction updates and coverage of FCA’s commitment to the city with posts every Wednesday.

Our first post took a look back at the events that led to FCA’s realignment of its U.S. manufacturing base to increase production capacity of its core SUVs and trucks.

Today’s post takes a deeper look at the company’s investment that will bring the first new assembly plant to the city of Detroit in nearly three decades.



A birds-eye view of construction at the
Mack Avenue Engine Complex.


With an investment of $1.6 billion, FCA is converting the two plants that comprise the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the future assembly site for an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with their plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. The Company will add 3,850 new jobs to support production.

Construction has already begun on the plant, with the first three-row vehicles expected to roll off the line by the end of 2020, followed by the all-new Grand Cherokee in the first half of 2021.


A rendering of the new Mack Avenue Assembly Complex when completed.

FCA is also investing $900 million to retool and modernize the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. The plant, which was the last new assembly plant built in the city in 1991, will build the Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA expects to create 1,100 new jobs at Jefferson North.

As construction crews work on these plants, city residents can continue to pre-register to apply for one of the new FCA jobs in Detroit.
 

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Billion dollar Fiat Chrysler assembly plant adding 4,900 jobs to Detroit

Billion dollar Fiat Chrysler assembly plant adding 4,900 jobs to Detroit

Aug 11, 2019


DETROIT (AP) - (08/11/19)-Thousands of Detroit residents are using a city program to apply for jobs at a $1.6 billion Fiat Chrysler assembly plant coming to the city.

The automaker is giving residents an exclusive 30-day window to apply for about 4,900 mostly production jobs anticipated at the plant and another nearby Fiat Chrysler facility as part of a $108 million land development deal with the city.

The city and state are splitting land acquisition and preparation costs to secure the plant.

For Detroit, the deal is a job-creation opportunity.

The city's unemployment rate is more than twice the national average.

The jobs start at just over $17 per hour. More than 24,000 residents have created Detroit at Work accounts and registered for job readiness events tied to the openings.



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First steel beam placed at site of new Fiat Chrysler Mack Avenue plant


Aug 13, 2019
The first new steel has gone up at the future Fiat Chrysler Mack Avenue plant in Detroit. The multi-million dollar project promises to have new cars rolling off the assembly line by the end of 2020.
 

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FCA extends 3rd shift at Ontario minivan plant until year-end



FCA Canada has extended the life of the third shift at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., according to a Facebook post by the union representing employees there.

In a notice to its members posted to the site, Unifor Local 444 says its executives met with senior FCA officials Wednesday afternoon and were told the shift will run “until at least the end of 2019.”

The union didn’t say why the automaker extended the life of the third shift. FCA had originally said the shift would be eliminated Sept. 30 but then extended the shift until Oct. 21 to “accommodate a large order.”


“This is not a final solution,” Unifor’s online statement reads, “but every one of these extensions provides us more opportunities to work with the company to get a final resolve that maintains our third shift and current workforce for the future.”

FCA Canada said it was preparing a public statement.

"We've just got to keep plucking away as we keep meeting with the company and the federal government," Unifor President Jerry Dias told Automotive News Canada on Wednesday.

FCA in March said it would end the third shift at the Windsor plant amid sluggish North American sales for the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans it builds. The third shift’s end would put about 1,500 of 6,000 workers at the plant out of a job.
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FCA Extends Application Window for Pre-qualified Detroiters to Sept. 29
  • Detroit residents who completed Detroit at Work Job Readiness have an additional week to apply
  • More than 11,000 Detroiters received an invitation to be first in line for one of the new FCA jobs
  • Hiring underway for salaried and skilled trades positions
  • FCA adding 5,000 jobs in Detroit to support production of new Jeep® models


September 24, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA is extending the application window for the more than 11,000 pre-qualified Detroiters who want to work at the Company’s new assembly plant being built on the city’s eastside. The deadline for applications is now Sept. 29. The extension applies to Detroiters who have already completed the Detroit at Work Job Readiness activities held at over 300 events around the city since June.

“We decided to extend the application window to make sure that all Detroit residents who are already on the list have an additional opportunity to complete the application process,” said Mike Lackaye, Head of Hourly Staffing, FCA. “Our intent has always been to make sure that Detroit residents are considered first, and we feel that this extension is important in achieving that objective.”

The application window initially opened on Aug. 26 to Detroit residents in the impact area, the three zip codes surrounding the new plant. All other Detroiters began applying on Sept. 9.

The Company is also currently hiring for salaried and skilled trades positions. Available positions can be found at careers.fcagroup.com.

FCA announced in February that it would invest $2.5 billion to convert the former Mack Avenue Engine Complex into a new assembly plant and retool the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, bringing nearly 5,000 new jobs to the city to support production of the next-generation Jeep® Grand Cherokee, as well as an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. When the new facility opens in late 2020, it will be the first new assembly plant in Detroit in nearly 30 years.

Applicants experiencing any technical difficulties should call Detroit at Work at 313-962-WORK for assistance.
 

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FCA Extends Application Window for Pre-qualified Detroiters to Sept. 29

    • Detroit residents who completed Detroit at Work Job Readiness have an additional week to apply
    • More than 11,000 Detroiters received an invitation to be first in line for one of the new FCA jobs
    • Hiring underway for salaried and skilled trades positions
    • FCA adding 5,000 jobs in Detroit to support production of new Jeep® models

September 24, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA is extending the application window for the more than 11,000 pre-qualified Detroiters who want to work at the Company’s new assembly plant being built on the city’s eastside. The deadline for applications is now Sept. 29. The extension applies to Detroiters who have already completed the Detroit at Work Job Readiness activities held at over 300 events around the city since June.

“We decided to extend the application window to make sure that all Detroit residents who are already on the list have an additional opportunity to complete the application process,” said Mike Lackaye, Head of Hourly Staffing, FCA. “Our intent has always been to make sure that Detroit residents are considered first, and we feel that this extension is important in achieving that objective.”

The application window initially opened on Aug. 26 to Detroit residents in the impact area, the three zip codes surrounding the new plant. All other Detroiters began applying on Sept. 9.

The Company is also currently hiring for salaried and skilled trades positions. Available positions can be found at careers.fcagroup.com.

FCA announced in February that it would invest $2.5 billion to convert the former Mack Avenue Engine Complex into a new assembly plant and retool the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, bringing nearly 5,000 new jobs to the city to support production of the next-generation Jeep® Grand Cherokee, as well as an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. When the new facility opens in late 2020, it will be the first new assembly plant in Detroit in nearly 30 years.

Applicants experiencing any technical difficulties should call Detroit at Work at 313-962-WORK for assistance.
 

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Paint Shop Equipment Begins Arriving at New FCA Assembly Plant
  • E-coat tank bathes vehicle bodies in corrosion-protecting coating
  • Six sections form 115 ft. long tank
  • Fully assembled, tank holds 120,000 gallons of solution and weighs nearly 77 tons


October 2, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

As steel continues to be raised for FCA’s new assembly plant under construction on the east side of Detroit, the first piece of process equipment for the paint shop began arriving on site on Oct. 1, 2019.

Flatbed trucks, accompanied by escort vehicles due to the oversized loads, delivered the first two of six sections that will form the E-coat dip tank. Weighing about 30,000 lbs. or 17 tons each, the three bottoms and three tops will be married together to create the 115 ft. long tank.

E-coat is the first application in the paint shop after the raw metal vehicle body has been cleaned and treated. It provides the important protective coating that prevents corrosion and ensures a beautiful, long-lasting paint finish. About 50 vehicles an hour will be bathed in more than 120,000 gallons of the E-coat solution in the new paint shop being built to support production of an all-new three-row, full-size Jeep® SUV and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. The first vehicles are expected to roll off line of the new plant by the end of 2020.

In February, FCA announced a $1.6 billion investment to build the first new assembly plant in Detroit in nearly 30 years, bringing 3,850 new jobs to the city.
 

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Warren Truck expansion begins with steel column installation; plant to produce all-new Jeep® Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, along with electrified models

October 17 2019

A giant industrial crane recently hoisted a nearly two-story tall piece of steel high into the blue sky and delicately dropped it into place to mark the first column raised for the Warren Truck Assembly Plant’s new paint shop.



The steel column is the first of nearly 7,500 pieces that will be lifted into place to form the frame of the new 300,000-square-foot facility expansion that includes a paint shop and offices.



Installation of the steel columns is one of the first visible signs of FCA’s $1.5 billion investment to retool Warren Truck for production of the all-new Jeep® Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, along with their electrified counterparts.


Before a single piece of steel could be installed, crews removed the existing parking lots and prepared the area for the expansion. Once cleared, 280 caissons were drilled deep into the ground to support the steel columns.



Two crews of construction workers will be working 10 hours a day, seven days a week for the next three months to complete the installation of the 3,400 tons of steel.



The 7,500 pieces of steel will form the frame of the Warren Truck expansion.
Renovation work will also be conducted inside the plant in preparation for the expected 2021 launch of the new Jeep models. Additionally, the plant will continue building the Ram 1500 Classic.

 
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