FCA Relocating Ram Heavy Duty Truck Production to US


FCA Relocating Ram Heavy Duty Truck Production to US

First, the company confirmed it will invest more than $1 billion to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Michigan) to produce the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty truck, which will relocate from its current production location in Saltillo, Mexico, in 2020.

The investment at the Warren, Mich., assembly plant follows plans detailed in January 2017 to expand the factory to build all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs. That truck is now made in Saltillo, Mexico, where workers will continue to make commercial vehicles.

The addition of the new models at the Warren Truck Assembly plant will see about 2,500 jobs created.

The automaker is also making a special bonus payment of $2,000to roughly 60,000 hourly and salaried employees.

"These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our USA manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA's success", FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement.

Thus the move solidifies the U.S.as the global manufacturing hub for Ram pickups.

Recent investments in US manufacturing operations has totaled at $3.5 billion, according to the automaker, with the addition of 3,700 new jobs to strengthen its USA manufacturing base, and align USA capacity to extend the Jeep and Ram product lines.

The new plant investment actions announced are subject to the negotiation and final approval of incentives by state and local entities.