Kokomo Transmission Plant

2401 South Reed Road ,  Kokomo ,  Indiana ,  United States

Floor Space: 3.1 million square feet 

Acreage: 110 acre site with casting plant

Products: Machining of engine block castings and transmission components (aluminum and steel); transmission assembly for the following:
  • 40TE/41TE - 40TES/41TES: FWD for the Dodge Journey
  • 62TE: FWD for the Dodge Journey and Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 845RE: RWD for the Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango and Ram 1500
  • Machined components for the nine-speed transmission

Employment: 3,367 (2,968 hourly; 399 salaried)

Union Local: UAW Local 685 and 1302

Plant History: Transmission plant completed and production began in 1956.

In 2010, the Company made three investment announcements:
  • May - $43 million to adapt the plant for production of the World Engine and improve processes for the 62TE transmission program
  • June - $300 million for production of a new, highly fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission
  • December - $85 million for a variety of powertrain improvements

In February 2013, the Company announced a total investment of $212 million at the Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting and Indiana Transmission I Plants for additional tooling and equipment to produce the eight- and nine-speed transmissions, which would add up to 400 new jobs. Production of the eight-speed transmission began in September 2012. An additional $266 million investment was announced in December 2014 to increase capacity of the fuel-efficient TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission. On August 2, 2017, KTP produced the two-millionth eight-speed transmission.

Production of the 42RLE ended in early 2012.

Since 1974, KTP has built more than 67 million transmissions. The 17-million four-speed milestone was achieved over a 25-year period from 1988 to December 2013. The plant began building the six-speed in 2006 and reached the three million mark in April 2014.

World Class Manufacturing Accomplishments
In December 2014, KTP achieved the Bronze award level in World Class Manufacturing (WCM) after demonstrating clear know-how and competence in the manufacturing methodology. 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.

(Updated: August 2017)
 

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