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FCA US will skip the traditional summer shutdown at four assembly plants and six other plants so it can keep up with demand for new cars and trucks.


FCA US said Wednesday that four of its assembly plants along with six engine and transmission plants will continue to run throughout the summer, skipping the traditional summer shutdown so the automaker can continue to make as many cars and trucks as possible.

The decision to continue operating the plants reflects the steadily increasing pace of U.S. industry sales. The U.S. auto industry is on track to sell nearly 17 million new cars and trucks this year, a total not seen since before the Great Recession.

Also, FCA US, the automaker previously known as Chrysler, has managed to sell more cars and trucks each month for 61 consecutive months on a year-over-year basis.

In most years, automakers shut down their plants for two weeks during the summer to repair equipment and prepare the assembly lines for changes for the next model year.

FCA US said today the following plants will continue to operate without interruption this summer:

Jefferson North Assembly Plant; Detroit
Saltillo Van Assembly; Saltillo, Mexico
Toledo Assembly Complex; Toledo
Toluca Assembly; Toluca, Mexico
Indiana Transmission II; Kokomo, Indiana
Kokomo Casting; Kokomo, Indiana
Kokomo Transmission; Kokomo, Indiana
Etobicoke Casting; Etobicoke, Ontario
Toledo Machining; Toledo
Mt. Elliott Tool & Die, Detroit

The automaker said its stamping plants will operate according to the schedule of the assembly plants they serve.

The automaker operates a total of 36 manufacturing plants in North America, including 23 in the U.S., seven in Mexico.
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