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310 workers return to Kokomo plant

by Bill Cawthon on

Hundreds of workers have been recalled from layoffs to resume work at the Kokomo Transmission Plant and Indiana Transmission Plant 1.

According to Rich Boruff, president of UAW Local 685, 175 employees were back on the job Monday and another group will report for work on March 22. Boruff said a total of 257 non-skilled workers and 53 skilled-trades workers are being recalled.

The recalls are due to increased demand for six-speed transmissions and changes being made under Fiat’s direction. If sales meet expectations, most of the workers laid off from the Kokomo plants could be back at work this summer.

(From the Kokomo Tribune. Thanks, KCP Worker.)

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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