Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced a $1 billion investment to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant to produce the next generation Ram Heavy Duty Truck, which is currently being produced in Saltillo, Mexico, by 2020.
The investment will be accompanied by the creation of 2,500 jobs and bonus payments of $2,500 to approximately 60,000 hourly and salaried FCA US employees following the passage of U.S. tax reform.
“These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our U.S. manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA’s success,” says Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA US. “It is only proper that our employees share in the savings generated by tax reform and that we openly acknowledge the resulting improvement in the U.S. business environment by investing in our industrial footprint accordingly.”
Since June 2009, FCA US has invested $10 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations, including investments totaling $3.5 billion to strengthen its U.S. manufacturing base and align U.S. capacity to extend the Jeep and Ram product lines. The upcoming investments include:
- $1.5 billion in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant to build the next generation Ram 1500 truck. More than 700 new jobs will be added to support production.
- $350 million in the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois to produce the Jeep Cherokee, which moved from Toledo in 2017. More than 300 new jobs were added to support production.
- $700 million in the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio to retool the north plant to produce the next generation Jeep Wrangler. Approximately 700 new jobs will be added to support production.
- $1 billion in the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare the facility to produce an all-new Jeep truck, and in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant to modernize the plant to build the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. More than 2,000 new jobs will be added at these two plants to support production.
The plant investment actions announced today are subject to the negotiation and final approval of incentives by state and local entities.