FCA US LLC Manufacturing Investments Timeline (June 2009-January 2017)
 

Since June 2009, FCA US LLC has committed investments of nearly $10.5 billion and added more than 27,600 new jobs (including more than 19,000 hourly) in the U.S. and Canada, making significant progress toward building a successful enterprise. Those committed investments include:

December 17, 2009 – FCA US announced that it will invest $179 million to launch production of the 1.4-liter, 16-valve Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) at GEMA Plant (Dundee, Mich.), creating up to 573 new jobs industry-wide, including up to 155 new FCA US jobs.

May 11, 2010 – FCA US announced an investment of $43 million to increase capacity at its Kokomo Casting and Kokomo Transmission (Ind.) plants, and adapt them to support production of the World Engine and improve processes for the 62TE transmission program. The investment will create 399 new positions, including up to 379 to be filled by employees called back from lay-off status and 20 new hires in supervisory positions.

June 9, 2010 – FCA US announced an investment of $300 million to modernize Indiana Transmission Plant I* and Kokomo Casting (Ind.) to accommodate future production of a new highly fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission for future FCA US vehicles.

*Project and investment moved to the Kokomo Transmission Plant in December 2010.

July 19, 2010 –Jefferson North Assembly Plant (Detroit) added a second shift of production with nearly 1,100 jobs.

July 31, 2010 – During a visit by President Obama to Detroit, FCA US announced that it will add a second shift of production – or about 900 jobs – at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Mich.) in the first quarter of 2011.

August 12, 2010 – FCA US announced an investment of $27.2 million USD in its Etobicoke Casting Plant (Toronto) to produce front and rear crossmembers for future FCA US vehicles starting in the third quarter 2011.

October 26, 2010 – FCA US issued a statement thanking the Governor of Michigan for her support of the Company’s commitment to the State of Michigan through a potential investment of $850 million in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and surrounding stamping plants, and $150 million in the GEMA Plant.

October 28, 2010 – FCA US announced a $600 million investment in its Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.), which includes the construction of a 638,000-square-foot body shop as well as the installation of new machinery, tooling and material handling equipment.

November 23, 2010 – FCA US announced an investment of nearly $843 million into the Company’s existing transmission manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Ind., to accommodate production of a new advanced front-wheel drive automatic transmission – bringing Chrysler’s investment in its Indiana facilities to nearly $1.2 billion and retaining nearly 3,500 jobs.

December 6, 2010 – FCA US confirmed the previously announced (Oct. 26) investment of $850 million in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and stamping facilities in Warren and Sterling Heights, construction of an all-new, state-of-the-art, 425,000-square-foot paint shop, as well as the installation of new machinery, tooling and material-handling equipment. The Company also reconfirms that it will add nearly 900 jobs on a second shift at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in the first quarter of 2011.

FCA US also confirmed plans to invest $150 million in its GEMA Plant for future powertrain production.

December 14, 2010 – FCA US confirmed an investment of $85 million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant for a variety of powertrain improvements.

February 2011 – The second shift at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant began, adding nearly 900 jobs.

June 15, 2011 – FCA US announced a $114 million investment in new equipment at its Trenton North Engine Plant (Mich.) to support increased production of the Pentastar engine. The investment is estimated to create 268 new jobs.

August 23, 2011 – FCA US confirmed that it is preparing to invest $72 million in its Toledo Machining Plant (Perrysburg, Ohio) to produce new generation front-wheel and rear-wheel drive torque converters and steering columns.

October 18, 2011 – FCA US announced a $165 million investment in a new body shop, new equipment and conveyors at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

November 16, 2011 - FCA US announced that it will invest $500 million at the Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio) for the production of the next generation Jeep® SUV in 2013. As a result, the Company will add a second shift of production or about 1,100 jobs in the third quarter of 2013.

December 13, 2011 - FCA US announced that it will reopen its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (Detroit) for the production of the next generation SRT Viper. With the plant’s reopening, nearly 150 jobs, both hourly and salaried, will return to the City of Detroit.

January 5, 2012 - FCA US announced that it will add a third crew of about 1,100 new jobs at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in early 2013. In April, the Company announced that it was pulling ahead its plans to add the new jobs in November 2012.

February 2, 2012 - FCA US announced that it will add 1,800 jobs at its Belvidere Assembly Plant, which includes the addition of a third crew and hundreds of jobs for production of the all-new Dodge Dart, by the third quarter of 2012. In addition, the Company confirmed that the investment announced in October 2010 for the installation of an all-new body shop had increased from $600 million to nearly $700 million.

July 2012 - The third crew at the Belvidere Assembly Plant began. With the start of production of the new Dodge Dart in April, more than 1,800 jobs have been added.

October 2012 - The third crew at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant began, adding about 1,100 jobs.

November 15, 2012 - FCA US announced that it will invest nearly $240 million to increase engine capacity and add about 1,250 new jobs at several Michigan facilities. The announcement included an investment of $198 million at the Mack I Engine Plant (Detroit) and the addition of up to 250 new jobs to produce the award-winning Pentastar (V-6) engine; an additional $40 million to add a flexible production line that can run both the Pentastar engine and the Tigershark (I-4) engine at the Trenton North Engine Plant; and the addition of a third crew or about 1,000 jobs at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.) to produce the Ram 1500.

February 28, 2013 - FCA US announced that it will invest nearly $374 million to boost transmission production and add about 1,250 new jobs in north-central Indiana, making it the largest transmission installation in the world. The announcement included an investment of $212 million at Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting and Indiana Transmission I Plants for additional tooling and equipment to produce the eight- and nine-speed transmissions, which will add up to 400 new jobs. The Company will also invest $162 million to establish an assembly site for the nine-speed transmission in Tipton, Indiana - Tipton Transmission Plant - and create up to 850 new jobs.

April 26, 2013 - FCA US announced that it will invest $19.6 million in its Toledo Machining Plant to increase capacity of the torque converter it’s machining for the nine-speed transmission for the 2014 Jeep® Cherokee.

August 7, 2013 - FCA US announced that it would invest $52 million in its engine plants in Trenton and Dundee, Mich., to increase capacity of the Tigershark engine, creating nearly 298 new positions at the Trenton plant. Trenton North will receive $11.5 million to add an assembly line for the four-cylinder Tigershark engine. With a $40.5 million investment, Dundee will convert a line to machine cranks, heads and blocks to support Tigershark production at Trenton.

June 25, 2014 - FCA US confirmed that it would invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant (Mich.) to expand capacity at the facility. The investment will be used to purchase and install the latest high-speed Servo Tandem Press technology (a 180-inch press line). The new press line will increase capacity by up to 12,000 hits per day or approximately 3.6 million parts per year.

December 22, 2014 - FCA US confirmed that it will invest an additional $266 million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant to increase capacity of the fuel-efficient TorqueFlite transmission.

July 9, 2015 - FCA US confirmed an investment of more than $166 million in three new press lines at its Sterling Stamping Plant (Mich.) to support increased product demand. The investment includes the purchase and installation of two extra-large High Speed Servo Tandem press lines (each 180 inches) and one large Servo Progressive press line. The three presses will increase the number of stampings produced each day by nearly 75,000 or 20 million a year. 

April 26, 2016 - FCA US announced that it will invest $74.7 million in its Trenton Engine Complex to retool the north plant to produce the next generation four-cylinder engine, retaining 245 jobs. The new engine will be assembled on the flexible production line that was installed in 2012.

May 6, 2016 - FCA US confirmed that it invested $744 million USD (over $1 billion CAD*) in the Windsor Assembly Plant (Ontario) to add modest footprint additions to complement the Company’s product quality initiatives, such as creating a Component, or Metrology, Center and Complete Technical Vehicle Validation (CTVV), as well as upgrade equipment and processes to produce the all-new Pacifica and the existing minivan on the same line.

*Based on currency exchange rate of 1.37% as of December 2015

July 14, 2016 - FCA US announced that it will invest $350 million in its Belvidere Assembly Plant to produce the Jeep Cherokee, which will move from its current production location in Toledo, Ohio, in 2017. Approximately 300 new jobs will be added. The Company also commited to investing $700 million in the Toledo Assembly Complex to retool the North plant to produce the next generation Jeep Wrangler, which will create 700 new jobs.

July 26, 2016 - FCA US commited to investing $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant to retool it to build the next generation Ram 1500 and support the future growth of the Ram brand.

September 27, 2016 - FCA US confirmed that it will add 700 new jobs at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant when production of the next generation Ram 1500 begins.

January 8, 2017 - FCA US announced a $1 billion investment to retool and modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.) to produce the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, and the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio) to build an all-new Jeep pickup truck. More than 2,000 jobs also will be added to support production of these models.

(Updated: January 2017)

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