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Resolving Brampton paint-shop confusion

by David Zatz on

Last year, FCA agreed to upgrade the paint shop at their Brampton, Ontario plant, which builds the Charger, Challenger, and 300.

Unifor President Jerry Dias told Automotive News that their paint shop was one of the oldest within FCA, and that it would have a “complete rebuild” in 2017.

Some of the factory staff contacted us after our first story, telling us that the work was in fact scheduled for five weeks of 2018, during which plant would be down. In response, an FCA representative told us, “This is a multi-year, multi-phase project. Work will begin during this summer’s shutdown.”

The paint shop upgrades should extend the Brampton plant’s lifespan, and may help it to win the next generation large cars. FCA has, since acquiring control of the former Chrysler, rebuilt current plants, rather than creating new ones.

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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