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What’s to be made where and when, revisited

by David Zatz on

With rumors swirling around the futures of various plants and products, it’s easy to forget that the company’s plans were shared with the UAW some time ago, and published as part of the contract voting process.


In essence, combining the contract material with statements from company spokespeople:

  • Belvidere finishes up building the Patriot, Compass, and Dart in 2016, meaning that any 2017 models are likely to be short lived. Then the Cherokee moves in, with 300 more employees needed.
  • Conner will finish making Vipers in 2017 and has no “identified” future product.
  • Jefferson keeps on making Grand Cherokees and Durangos.
  • Toledo North finishes making Cherokees and, in 2017, gets a $700 million retool to produce the redesigned Wrangler. Toledo South keeps on going, getting “new product” (Wranglers) in 2018. FCA says about 700 new jobs will be added in Toledo.
  • Sterling Heights finishes up making 200s in 2016, and gets Ram trucks in 2018, with 1,751 jobs likely to be gained.
  • Warren Truck finishes making Rams in 2017 and starts making Wagoneers and new Rams in 2019. Around 2,406 jobs may be cut.

In powertrain, not much was announced; Dundee and Trenton will launch a new engine, Mack Avenue continues, and Toledo will add eight and nine speed torque converters but lose steering columns.  Kokomo will move from first to second generation eight-speed transmissions, and add Pentastar Upgrade block cubing and transmission machining. The various Indiana Transmission Plants undergo the same changes, with one plant gaining as it adds gear machining and one losing as the five-speeds drop out.  Finally, in Tipton, a new product will be added.

Sterling and Warren Stamping are both to get capital investments, machinery upgrades and rebuilds, and no manpower changes.

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