The most recent announcement from the FCA, they are going to expand production capacity in Michigan. FCA will spend $4.5 Billion for new Detroit plant to electrify Jeep vehicles, plus adding production space at five existing Michigan Facilities. This new business endeavor will produce almost 6,500 jobs. Since 2009, the FCA has invested nearly $14.5 billion in U.S. business, creating around 30,000 jobs. This next step is part of the FCA’s U.S. industrialization expansion of the Jeep and Ram brands announced in 2016.
Converting Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the next-generation manufacturing site of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, featuring all-new three-row full-size SUV costs the company $1.6 billion. This growth also created 3,850 new jobs. Another chunks is being spent on Jefferson North to retool and modernize the plant to continue production of the Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. The bill was around $900 million for that project, creating 1,100 new jobs. The Warren Truck 2017 investment increases to $1.5 billion to help produce the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, plus continue assembly of the Ram 1500 Classic. This project created 1,400 new jobs. All three of these sites, will produce plug-in hybrid versions of Jeep models with the capacity to switch to fully battery-electric models in the future. FCA is starting the foundation of investments to transition the brand to the EV market.
In a press release, FCA stated, “The move would increase capacity to meet growing demand for its Jeep and Ram brands, including production of two new Jeep-branded white space products, as well as electrified models. The proposed projects would create newer 6,500 new jobs.” The FCA has big plans for the future, and are on their way to making things happen.
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