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Tipton Transmission bronzed

by David Zatz on

The Tipton transmission plant, which started production around two years ago, has already achieved bronze status in the FCA “World Class Manufacturing” system. It is the 14th North American facility with that status; three have gone silver since (Windsor, Dundee, and Toledo).

Sergio Marchionne in Tipton

Tipton, a fairly new plant, was purchased from ZF to make nine-speed automatics, after a $162 million investment. There are around 850 employees there; transmissions are used in the US, Canada, Italy (Renegade, 500X), and Turkey (ProMaster City).

Photo: Sergio Marchionne at the Tipton plant launch

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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