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Member of the Month: FCA Invests $4.5 B In Michigan Plant Expansion

Editor’s note: The member of the month highlights a Detroit Regional Chamber member company working to grow the regional economy through innovative leadership, programs, or support of policies that benefit the business community atlarge.

FCA was selected as the member of the month for March 2019 because of their announcement to invest $4.5 billion to expand production capacity in Michigan, including building the first new assembly plant within the city of Detroit in nearly three decades. This plan is expected to create nearly 6,500 new jobs, increase capacity at five facilities across Southeast Michigan, and add electric and three-row Jeeps to production plans.

The Warren Truck plant will be retooled for the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, and continue to build the Ram 1500 Classic; Jefferson North Assembly Plant will be modernized to build the Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee; and the reborn Mack Avenue Engine Complex will build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV.

Other investments include $119 million to move Pentastar engine production from Mack I to the Dundee Engine plant, $400 million for increased capacity, and 80 new jobs at the Sterling and Warren stamping plants. Mike Manley, chief executive officer, FCA N.V., said that these updates allow Jeep to enter “white space segments” that will help the company grow and enable new electrified Jeep products, including at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles and the flexibility to produce fully battery-electric vehicles.

This announcement is a significant investment in Southeast Michigan’s potential as the leader of next generation mobility. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, Detroit remains at the forefront of this change.