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FCA to expand another Indiana transmission plant (updated)

by David Zatz on

FCA announced another investment in the Indiana Transmission Plant II (ITP II) near Kokomo, according to the Kokomo Perspective and FCA itself.

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Observers already noticed that the UAW contract includes $490 million of investments in the Kokomo area’s five plants, some of which were already expanded to boost production. The first Chrysler engine ever to be built in Indiana, a 2-liter turbo four, is reportedly to soak up $400 million of that money, with an eye towards production in 2021.

Production at ITP II had been cut over the last few years, according to the Perspective, with just fifty employees there now; the plant is essentially empty, but it won’t be for long. Now, a line for the GME 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will go there — a line many expected to end up in Dundee or Trenton. The result is around 200 new jobs for the Kokomo area, with production to start in the second quarter of 2021.

FCA, Fiat, and Chrysler have invested over $14 billion in U.S. manufacturing since Fiat took over Chrysler in 2009, creating or restoring nearly 30,000 jobs.

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