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Tipton Transmission telecast (updated)

by David Zatz on

Earlier today, Chrysler formally dedicated the Tipton Transmission Plant in Indiana, purchased in February 2013. The company has invested $162 million in the plant, set to employ 850 people by the end of 2015; it will be the center for production of the nine-speed automatic, currently used in the Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200. The company plans to export them to Italy (Renegade), Turkey (possibly ProMaster City), Brazil, and China, and most observers expect the transmission to make its way into Chrysler minivans and a refreshed Dodge Dart; it has been confirmed for top-end Jeep Renegades.

Chrysler telecast the dedication ceremony. Speakers included Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Tipton Mayor Don Havens, Tipton County’s Phil Heron, and UAW Local 685 President Rich Boruff.

“My confidence is rooted firmly in the knowledge that those of you who work in this area have shown a consistent dedication to delivering products with outstanding quality,” said Mr. Marchionne.

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When it reaches full capacity, Tipton will build around 800,000 finished transmissions per year. The transmissions are already being built at Chrysler’s Indiana Transmission Plant I (ITPI). Castings for the new transmission will come from Kokomo Casting; machining of the prismatic parts – housings, blocks and heads – will be done at Kokomo Transmission; and the rotating parts – gears and crank shafts – will come from ITPI. All will be shipped to Tipton for final assembly.

Mr. Marchionne pointed out that “With the startup of TTP, we are enhancing the status of this region as the largest transmission installation in the world. Just recently, we reached the landmark numbers of 17 million four-speed transmissions and three million six-speed transmissions built in Kokomo.”

Sergio Marchionne in Tipton

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.

Since June 2009, the Company has invested more than $1.6 billion and hired more than 2,600 people in north central Indiana to produce the next generation transmissions. Chrysler employs more than 7,000 people in the five plants in the region.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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