Fiat Chrysler Moving Production of Ram Trucks to MI

Galtero Lara
Enero 14, 2018

In one, he wrote, "More great news as a result of historical Tax Cuts and Reform: Fiat Chrysler announces plan to invest more than $1 BILLION in MI plant, relocating their heavy-truck production from Mexico to MI, adding 2,500 new jobs and paying $2,000 bonus to USA employees!"

As a result, the firm's Mexico plant, where the production of such vehicles now occurs, will be repurposed, instead being used to develop and produce future Fiat Chrysler commercial vehicles for global sale.

The recall includes almost 154,000 vehicles in the United States and more than 8,000 others around the world, but the company did not immediately say when the new software would be available.

Fiat Chrysler also announced today it will pay $2,000 bonuses in the second quarter of this year to 60,000 hourly and salaried employees in the US, excluding senior leadership.

The move is in part a result of what FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne calls an "improvement in the US business environment", referring to the new tax laws. More interesting news about Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE:FCAU) were released by: Streetinsider.com and their article: "UPDATE: JPMorgan Upgrades Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU) to Overweight" published on January 05, 2018 as well as Bloomberg.com's news article titled: "Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.48 Million US Pickups" with publication date: December 22, 2017.

Vice President Mike Pence, in a tweet, hailed the decision. The 2,500 jobs being added to build the Ram HD is in addition to those jobs being added as part of the Jeep announcement a year ago.

At that time, FCA said it would spend $1 billion across two plants: Warren and Toledo where retooling is needed to make a new Jeep Wrangler pickup. The payment will be made in the second quarter and is being paid in addition to profit-sharing or performance bonus payments.

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Some news reports have lined the decision to move the Ram HD model to MI to pressure from the Trump Administration.

According to a news release, the investment will go toward modernizing the plant at Mound and Nine Mile roads in south Warren to produce the Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck, which is relocating from Mexico to MI in 2020.

The announcement, just ahead of opening week of this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, isn't totally unexpected.

Mark Hackel, Macomb County executive, said the Thursday announcement is part of an ongoing narrative.

Hackel says this is "another add-on" to the roughly $10 billion automakers and suppliers have invested in Macomb County since 2010. We are basically Ram county now. Companies are coming back to the United States in a very big way.

The company since June 2009 has invested $10 billion in USA plants. The new investments, totaling $3.5 billion, will add 3,700 new jobs and involve production shifts at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. This created more than 300 new jobs. That's where the $1 billion plant investment comes in, billed as a modernization of the MI facility.

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