FCA is relocating production of its next-generation Ram Heavy Duty truck from a production location in Mexico to an assembly plant in Michigan, a facility that the automaker is investing more than $1 billion in to modernize as well as add 2,500 new jobs.
Production of the heavy duty trucks will be relocated to the Warren Truck Assembly plant in 2020, which was made possible in part by the passage of U.S. tax reform legislation late last year, according to the automaker. A portion of the investment will also be to expand the Jeep product line at the assembly plant with the addition of the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
The plant in Saltillo, Mexico will be repurposed to produce commercial vehicles for global distribution, FCA announced.
The automaker is also making a special bonus payment of $2,000to roughly 60,000 hourly and salaried employees. This excludes senior leadership, the automaker announced. The payment will be made in the second quarter of this year.
Recent investments in U.S. manufacturing operations has totaled at $3.5 billion, according to the automaker, with the addition of 3,700 new jobs to strengthen its U.S. manufacturing base, and align U.S. capacity to extend the Jeep and Ram product lines.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet