Kokomo Casting Plant

1001 East Boulevard, Kokomo, Indiana, United States

Floor Space: 625,000 square feet

Acreage: 35 acres

Products: Aluminum parts for automotive components, transmission and transaxle cases; engine block castings

Employment: 1,387 (1,211 hourly; 176 salaried)

Union Local: UAW Local 1166 and 1302

Plant History: Kokomo Casting is the world’s largest die cast facility. The plant was completed and began production in 1965 with expansions in 1969, 1986, 1995 and 1997.

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
  • November - $843 million for production of a future generation front-wheel-drive automatic transmission

In February 2013, the Company announced 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 would add up to 400 new jobs.

The plant ended production of the four-speed transmission case in July 2014. More than 18 million four-speed cases were built at Kokomo Casting since 1988. The plant launched production of the nine-speed case in 2013.

World Class Manufacturing Accomplishments
Kokomo Casting was awarded bronze status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) on Oct. 16, 2015, becoming the first casting facility to earn recognition in this global methodology that is practiced in industries beyond automotive. WCM is a methodology that focuses on reducing 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, 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.

(Updated: June 2018)
 

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