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FCA to invest US$1B in Michigan Plant, creating 2,500 new jobs


January 12, 2018
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Jared Omell makes final touches to an EcoDiesel engine prior to installation at Warren Truck Assembly Plant.

Jan. 12, 2018 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) announced two actions made possible in part by the passage of U.S. tax reform legislation late last year — an additional investment in its U.S. manufacturing operations and a special payment to recognize employees for their continued efforts toward the success of the company.

The automaker confirmed it will invest more than US$1 billion to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty truck, which will relocate from its current production location in Saltillo, Mexico, in 2020. This investment is in addition to the announcement made in January 2017, which committed to spending a portion of $1 billion in Warren Truck Assembly to expand the Jeep product line with the addition of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. The Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant will be repurposed to produce future commercial vehicles for global distribution.
 
To support the increased volume at the Warren facility, 2,500 new jobs will be created.
 
FCA also confirmed it will make a special bonus payment of $2,000 to approximately 60,000 FCA hourly and salaried employees in the U.S., excluding senior leadership. The payment, which recognizes employees for their continued commitment to the company’s success, will be made in the second quarter of this year, and will be in addition to any profit sharing and salaried performance bonuses that employees would otherwise be eligible to receive in 2018.

“These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our U.S. manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA’s success,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA.