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Belvidere Chrysler plant to lay off over 1,000 employees

27 February 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a $4.5 billion factory expansion plan to increase Jeep and Ram output in MI.

With Jeep Grand Cherokee and a three-row model coming to Mack Avenue, the current V-6 engine production will move to the Dundee Engine Plant where FCA assembles the 2.4-liter engines found in Dodge and Jeep models.

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Jeep has confirmed that it will begin selling its upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer full-size SUVs in 2021, but you'll be able to buy an all-new full-size utility vehicle from the brand starting next year. While we've long speculated that one is in the works, this appears to finally be official confirmation of where it will be built. The planned investment in Warren Truck has been increased by $1.5 billion, supporting the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer and creating 1,400 new jobs. These units appear to be separate from the new three-row vehicle that'll be built at Mack Avenue. The factory will also continue to build the Ram 1500 Classic - also known as the outgoing Ram pickup - to meet customer demand. The site now handles production of the Pentastar V-6 engines but will be overhauled to be a future home for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA also produces a plug-in hybrid version of the Renegade in Italy and is planning an electric version of its Chinese Jeep Grand Commander.

At FCA's Jefferson North facility, the automaker will invest $900 million to upgrade the plant.

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"Three years ago, FCA set a course to grow our profitability based on the strength of the Jeep and Ram brands by realigning our US manufacturing operations", FCA chief executive Mike Manley said. "Today's announcement represents the next step in that strategy", Manley continued.

FCA and the city of Detroit have signed a memorandum of understanding that provides 60 days to follow through on the agreed acquisition of land for the new plant. The plan, which FCA says will create almost 6,500 new jobs, will help to meet increasing demand for Ram and Jeep products, and to electrify Jeep models.

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Jeep had an extremely successful year in 2018, and these investments indicate that the company is going all in on thitsir profitable nameplate.

Belvidere Chrysler plant to lay off over 1,000 employees