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FCA gets help with Ram move

by Bill Cawthon on

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has awarded FCA US a $4.56 million performance-based grant to hire 700 new workers for the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

The new hires will be added when FCA begins building the next-generation Ram pickup at Sterling Heights; current workers will also be recalled from layoffs, bringing employment at the plant from 1,846 to roughly 4,600.

FCA’s $1.5  billion plant investment also brought a 15-year tax break from the MEDC’s Michigan Strategic Fund, worth an estimated $11.3 million.

The MEDC is a partnership between the state of Michigan and the private sector dedicated to promoting job creation and tourism in the state.

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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