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: 4,013 (3,570 hourly; 443 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 (KTP), 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 2-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 3 million mark in April 2014.

World Class Manufacturing Accomplishments
In December 2014, KTP achieved the bronze award 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: July 2019)
 

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