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AMC-Chrysler plants in Brampton, Ontario

American Motors Corporation built what is now the FCA Brampton plant in 1986, just one year before AMC and Chrysler Corporation merged. Then called “Bramalea,” it was a state of the art facility which was supposed to replace their existing, older Brampton plant — then building the Jeep Wrangler “YJ.”

first YJ Wrangler built in Canada

When the Jeep Wrangler was moved back to Toledo in 1992, Bramalea was renovated, renamed to Brampton Assembly, and then started to churn out large cars — the LH Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid, and Eagle Vision, followed by the Chrysler LHS and New Yorker. The Chrysler 300M was added in April 1998, as a 1999 model. (Thanks, Jerry Scholten.)

Welding

Brampton has continued to make the company’s large cars, as the sole site making the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum, Charger, and Challenger.

Brampton Assembly Plant

Brampton has around 3 million square feet of floor space on 269 acres of land; as of 2010, there were 20 miles of conveyors, 581 robots, and 2,723 employees (2,558 hourly) on two shifts (including the stamping plant). The entire plant was represented by CAW local 1285; the CAW is now part of Unifor.

Challenger at Brampton

A satellite stamping plant finished in 1991 has 230,000 square feet of floor space. Brampton’s stamping plant made (in 2010) 96 body stampings, using five automatic transfer presses, one blanking line, and 90 die sets, with four-minute die changes. Automatic guided vehicles bring blanks to the press lines, and sheet metal is stored and retrieved using an automated system with 3,600 storage containers.

Chrysler’s Canadian factories, 2006-2016

Name Location What it made in 2006 Notes
Brampton Assembly Ontario Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger, SRT8 Flex plant, 3 million sq. ft, 4,200 emps in 2006, including stamping plant below. Built 1986 by AMC.
Brampton Stamping Ontario 72 outer body stampings Started 1991.
Etobicoke Casting Etobicoke, Ontario Aluminum die castings, pistons  
Windsor Assembly Ontario Town & Country, Grand Caravan, and Pacifica Flex plant, 4 million sq. ft., 5,522 emps. Built 1928 - minivans started 1983. Thoroughly renovated 2015-16.

Chrysler Canada has had a larger market share than Chrysler in the U.S. for three years out of four from its founding through 1983, and outsold Ford in 1976, 1982, and 1983.

Dashboard - Chrysler Canada

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Brampton Assembly 2009


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