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No Summer Vacation for Some FCA Plants

by Bill Cawthon on

Yesterday, FCA spokesperson Jodi Tinson released a statement which noted that many workers are going to be on the job through the usual two-week summer break. This period is often used for model year changes and general maintenance.

Due to high demand, the Jefferson North, Toledo, Saltillo Van and Toluca assembly plants will remain open, without a break. Those plants produce the Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Dodge Journey/Fiat Freemont. There are no major known changes to any of these vehicles; Durango, Grand Cherokee, and Cherokee were all redesigned or launched for 2014, and Journey/Freemont is awaiting replacement.

Jefferson North has now remained in year-round operation for several years, as demand for the Jeep Grand Cherokee has stayed high.


All engine and transmission plants will also be in full operation through the summer, except for a one-week break during the week of July 6 for Indiana Transmission Plants I and II and the Tipton Transmission Plant, all of which are in Kokomo, Indiana.

Stamping and component plants will align their shutdowns with assembly plants, or adjust their capacity according to the production schedule.

The Brampton and Saltillo Truck plants will close for just one week, July 13 through July 19. Earlier today, Allpar reported minor changes to the 2016 Ram 2500 and 3500.

All other assembly plants will close for two weeks to allow for improvement projects. These plants are Belvidere, Conner Avenue, Sterling Heights, and Windsor, which will be closed from July 6 through July 19; and Warren Truck, which will have a late break, closing from August 10 to August 23.  Ironically, Windsor is currently closed for a full renovation.

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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