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FCA Laying Off 3,200 Employees in Toledo as Plant Transformation Begins

Marchionne's master plan being put into action.

by on Feb.16, 2017

FCA is moving production of the Jeep Cherokee from Ohio to Illinois as part of its production overhaul.

This story has been updated with new information.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to lay off more than 3,000 hourly workers as moves into the next stage of its manufacturing transformation, shifting car production to plants outside of the U.S., and allowing U.S. plants to build the company’s more profitable trucks and SUVs.

FCA expects to temporarily lay off 3,200 workers starting in April as it begins $700 million retooling of a plant in Toledo, Ohio, to build the next-generation Wrangler.  The workers will be laid off for up to six months, according to documents the company filed with the city and the state, and reported by the (Toledo) Blade.

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The layoffs were not a surprise, Jodi Tinson, an FCA spokesperson, told the Detroit Free Press. The plant currently produces the Jeep Cherokee and needed to end Cherokee production in Toledo in an adjacent plant and prepare for production of a new Wrangler there.  (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Putting $1.48B into Detroit-Area Plant

Upgrades part of plan to convert U.S. plants to truck, utility production.

by on Jul.26, 2016

Chrysler is plowing $1.48 billion into the Sterling Heights Assembly plant to ready it for Ram 1500 production early next year.

The transformation of Fiat Chrysler’s North American production footprint continued forward today with the announcement of $1.48 billion in upgrades to one of its suburban Detroit plants.

FCA is moving all of its car production out of the country and concentrating its U.S. manufacturing resources on its highly profitable truck and utility line-ups. The Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant currently builds the Chrysler 200 sedan, but after the changes, it will make the Ram 1500 pickup truck.

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Chrysler 200 production will end in December, at which point, the company will begin work on the changeover. The announcement follows the company’s first step: a $1 billion overhaul of plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Illinois. (more…)